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Another Win for Act 10

by Jerry Bader

A federal appeals court in Chicago has upheld the constitutionality of Act 10. This ruling is noteworthy because of the court's rationale. The court ruled that Act 10 cannot infringe upon the constitutional rights of unions because all of the constraints it imposes are on the union's employee: the government. Unions are free to assemble and do whatever else they want. It's the government that is restricted in action. This seems such an obvious legal point. It'll be interesting to see if they push this to the U.S. Supreme Court. I suspect that would be pointless on the union's part.

I realize the unions will never give up, but it seems increasingly obvious Act 10 is going to survive any and all court challenges

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