Victory, or perhaps, a necessary weaning off the public trough:
On Monday, the Wisconsin Education Association Council announced it will lay off about 40% of its staff, a change executive director Dan Burkhalter blamed on Mr. Walker’s “union-busting legislation.” In December the union will face another reality check, as 51% of its members must vote to recertify it as their representative. With members no longer captive dues payers, the union has been forced to begin new outreach efforts, including home visits, to sell its relevance to workers.
Nope, no surprise here, given that this judge is from the bluest county of Wisconsin. This one is almost certainly headed to the state supreme court, and Gov. Walker stands a good chance of winning, because of this fact pointed out by two legal experts:
“She doesn’t address the argument that the open meetings law wasn’t violated because of various senate and assembly and joint rules” that exempted the legislature from the law’s requirements, says Rick Esenberg, a professor at Marquette University Law School.
The senate chief clerk, a nonpartisan official who advises the senate on parliamentary and legal issues, advised the senate majority leader that no notice was required to be given for the March 9 meeting other than a bulletin board posting because the senate was in special session. The open meetings law does not apply to special sessions, under which the legislature was convened on March 9.
The open meetings law states: “No provision of this subchapter which conflicts with a rule of the senate or assembly or joint rule of the legislature shall apply to a meeting conducted in compliance with such rule.”
And the Wisconsin senate and assembly each have a rule stating that during special sessions: “A notice of a committee meeting is not required other than posting on the legislative bulletin board, and a bulletin of committee hearings may not be published [emphasis added].”
In other words, the law that Sumi used to strike down this bill does not even apply in this situation.
A Wisconsin judge has issued a temporary restraining order against the new collective-bargaining reform law, saying that it didn’t meet the open meetings law, which requires 24 hours notice. This would seem to be a shaky ruling, because the Clerk of the Senate has already said that the way the law was enacted was legal. However, one of the legal eagles over at The Volokh Conspiracy says that all they will need to do if the eventual ruling is to strike down the law is to re-enact the law, which they can do now that they have a quorum.
The Fleebaggers originally fled to keep the State Senate from having a quorum, since they need 20 for a quorum, and the GOP only holds 19 seats. So, are the Fleebaggers now packing their bags and preparing to flee again, to prevent a quorum?
I guess someone is already taking Rep. Capuano’s words to heart:
The PJ Tatler has some important details:
The victim of the assault is Tabitha Hale of FreedomWorks, who you will be glad to know is fine. No word yet on whether assault charges are going to be filed. Based on the T-shirt the guy was wearing, he belongs to the Communications Workers of America union.
So, now we have an assault by someone wearing a union shirt, shortly after a Democrat told union folks to “get out on the streets and get a little bloody.” Will the lefty talking heads in the Dinosaur Media now opine about how the Democrats and unions need to practice civil discourse?
Don’t hold your breath.
…apparently can’t teach basic reading:
Two-thirds of the eighth graders in Wisconsin public schools cannot read proficiently according to the U.S. Department of Education, despite the fact that Wisconsin spends more per pupil in its public schools than any other state in the Midwest.
In the National Assessment of Educational Progress tests administered by the U.S. Department of Education in 2009—the latest year available—only 32 percent of Wisconsin public-school eighth graders earned a “proficient” rating while another 2 percent earned an “advanced” rating. The other 66 percent of Wisconsin public-school eighth graders earned ratings below “proficient,” including 44 percent who earned a rating of “basic” and 22 percent who earned a rating of “below basic.”
The test also showed that the reading abilities of Wisconsin public-school eighth graders had not improved at all between 1998 and 2009 despite a significant inflation-adjusted increase in the amount of money Wisconsin public schools spent per pupil each year.
And these are the people that are supposed to be so essential to Wisconsin’s success that they can’t have their precious union privileges (not rights, privileges) even slightly curtailed by Governor Walker?
Jim Callaghan, a veteran writer for the teachers union, told The [New York] Post he was booted from his $100,000-a-year job just two months after he informed UFT President Michael Mulgrew that he was trying to unionize some of his co-workers.
“I was fired for trying to start a union at the UFT,” said a dumbfounded Callaghan, who worked for the union’s newsletter and as a speechwriter for union leaders for the past 13 years.
Callaghan said he personally told Mulgrew on June 9 about his intention to try to organize nonunionized workers at UFT headquarters.
“I told him I want to have the same rights that teachers have,” said Callaghan, 63, of Staten Island. “He told me he didn’t want that, that he wanted to be able to fire whoever he wanted to.”
The UFT has long strenuously resisted city efforts to make it easier for school administrators to fire teachers.
“This is the exact antithesis of what they preach, and Michael Mulgrew is the biggest hypocrite out there,” Callaghan fumed.
Callaghan said that yesterday morning, he was hauled into a meeting with UFT officials, including CFO David Hickey, and told only that he was being fired from his job and had a half-hour to clear out of the office.
“They gave me no reason, no letter, no cause at all,” said Callaghan, who insisted that he has received no reprimands or notices about problems with his work. He noted that he wrote six stories in the most recent newsletter for teachers.
Callaghan said the union-busting bullying continued after he was told he was fired, when UFT leaders called in a detail of six uniformed cops to remove him from his office because he wasn’t leaving fast enough.
Callaghan said he decided to unionize the 12 UFT writers after a colleague was fired last year without cause.
“We have no protections and no disciplinary process,” he said.
When even unions resist employees forming a union, it sure looks like the era of unions is coming to a close.
H/T: The one and only Instapundit.
It happened again… two eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeevil Wepubwicans have placed their bodies right in the path of one of the pacifistic union member’s hands.
I know, it looks to most conservatives like the union thug deliberately pushes two cameramen at a GOP rally, but of course, we know from the Dinosaur Media that such a thing could never happen, because it’s the conservatives that are violent, not the oh-so-kind union goons, so it must have been all the cameramens’ fault, right?