UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News) The Wisconsin Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments for November 11th on one of the few remaining legal challenges to the state's public union bargaining limits. The court will decide whether it was constitutional to force local governments and public schools to abide by the Act-10 restrictions adopted in 2011.
Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas ruled 13 months ago in favor of two plaintiffs, the Madison teachers and a Milwaukee city union. The state appealed. The Fourth District Appellate Court refused to rule on the matter and passed the case on the Supreme Court, saying it has sweeping effects on public workers throughout Wisconsin.
Until recently there were questions about whether Colas's ruling applied to local unions statewide -- or just the two plaintiffs. The judge said it applies statewide, but he rejected a request to prevent unions statewide from having to re-certify each year under the Act-10 law. State officials are proceeding with about 400 requests for re-certification votes. A half-dozen public employees have asked the courts to hold the state in contempt-of-court. A decision in that case is still pending.