MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) – A law limiting collective bargaining rights for public employee unions will go into effect two weeks from today.
Secretary of State Doug La Follette said this morning that he’ll have the measure published in the state’s official newspaper – the Wisconsin State Journal – on June 28th. And according to normal procedures, it will take effect the next day.
A Supreme Court ruling late Tuesday overturned a Dane County judge's ruling that blocked the law from taking effect.
Several court challenges are expected after the law is published – and what happens then is anyone’s guess.
In the meantime, the Walker administration will gear up for a second time to withhold higher amounts for state employees’ health insurance and retirement plans. And they’ll stop automatic withholding of union dues.
The law also requires public unions to hold re-certification votes each year, and to stop making non-union members in their departments make payments that are similar to what the union members pay in dues.
Republican Governor Scott Walker says it will save millions-of-dollars for state and local governments, while helping employees save money if they choose not to be in unions.
The law exempts police-and-fire unions, although the proposed state budget would make them pay the higher premiums for insurance and retirements.
Lawmakers were also planning to exempt transit workers, so the state won’t lose federal aid for bus systems. Republicans say they’re working on a plan to preserve that funding.