Judge Blocks Contentious Wisconsin Union Law

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin judge on Friday temporarily blocked the state’s new and contentious collective bargaining law from taking effect, raising the possibility that the Legislature may have to vote again to pass the bill.

Lawmakers had approved Gov. Scott Walker’s measure last week, breaking a three-week stalemate caused by 14 Senate Democrats fleeing to Illinois. Demonstrations against the measure, which would strip most public workers of nearly all their collective bargaining rights, grew as large as 85,000 people.

Dane County District Judge Maryann Sumi granted the temporary restraining order in response to a lawsuit filed by the local Democratic district attorney alleging that Republican lawmakers violated the state’s open meetings law by hastily convening a special committee before the Senate passed the bill.

Sumi said her ruling would not prevent the Legislature from reconvening the committee with proper notice and passing the bill again.

But Walker’s spokesman and Republican legislative leaders indicated they would press on with the court battle rather than consider passing the bill again.

“We fully expect an appeals court will find that the Legislature followed the law perfectly and likely find that today’s ruling was a significant overreach,” Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and his brother, Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald, said in a joint statement. “We highly doubt a Dane County judge has the authority to tell the Legislature how to carry out its constitutional duty.”

In addition to restricting the bargaining rights, the law would require most public workers in the state to contribute more to their pension and health care costs, changes that will amount on average to an 8 percent pay cut. Walker’s spokesman Cullen Werwie was confident the bill would become law in the near future.

“This legislation is still working through the legal process,” Werwie said.

Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said the decision will be appealed because the Legislature and the governor, not a judge, are responsible for enacting laws and can’t be blocked in a dispute over the procedures under which a law is passed. Assistant Attorney General Steve Means said the Justice Department planned to proceed with the appeal process later Friday or early next week.

Even if the Legislature is forced to come back and take up the bill again, at least one Senate Democrat will be there. Sen. Tim Cullen said he would not leave the state again.

“I think that does great damage to the institution,” Cullen said. “I have no regrets about doing it once, but that was in extraordinary times to try to slow the bill down.”

The Senate couldn’t pass the bill in its original form without at least one Democrat to meet a 20-member quorum requirement for measures that spend money. With the Democrats in Illinois and refusing to return after three weeks away, Republicans convened a special committee last Wednesday to remove the spending items. The bill then passed with no Democrats present.

That move is being challenged in another lawsuit brought by Democratic Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, who argues that the bill as passed still should have required the 20-member quorum. A hearing on that was set for April 12.

Opponents of the law were hopeful the judge’s ruling temporarily blocking enactment of the law would lead to concessions.

“I would hope the Republicans would take this as an opportunity to sit down with Democrats and negotiate a proposal we could all get behind,” said Democratic Sen. Jon Erpenbach.

The head of the state’s largest teachers union said the Legislature should use this as a chance to listen to opponents of the measure, not vote to pass the same bill again.

“Wisconsin’s educators call upon the Legislature to take this as a clear signal that Wisconsinites will not tolerate backroom deals and political power plays when it comes to our public schools and other valued services,” said Mary Bell, president of the Wisconsin Education Association Council.

Marty Beil, director of the state’s largest public employee union, said in a statement, “We are gratified to see some of our so-called `leaders’ finally held accountable for their illegal actions.”

Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne filed the lawsuit this week alleging the open meetings law was violated because 24 hours’ notice wasn’t given for a meeting of the special legislative committee convened to amend the bill.

Justice Department attorneys argued that notice on a bulletin board posted about two hours before the committee meeting was to start last Wednesday was sufficient under rules of the Senate.

The judge said DOJ couldn’t show the committee was exempt from the 24-hour notice requirement. She said Ozanne could ultimately win the case and ordered Secretary of State Doug La Follette to hold off on publishing the law — the last step before it can take effect. La Follette had planned to publish the law on March 25.

Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca of Kenosha said the ruling was a move in the right direction.

“I’m very pleased,” Barca said. “As you know, I felt from the moment they called this that this would be a violation of open meetings law. This is an important first step in this regard.”

The bill was part of Walker’s solution for plugging a $137 million state budget shortfall. A part of the measure would require state workers to increase their health insurance and pension contributions to save the state $30 million by July 1. Other parts of Walker’s original proposal to address the budget shortfall were removed before the bill passed last week. The Legislature planned to take those up later.

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  1. Pat says:

    You must know more than the story tells. How do you know any of them are liberal elitists? Could it be that the judge is only enforcing Wisconsin’s notice law and awaiting the facts from both sides? I bet you convict people before the trial begins too.

  2. C K says:

    Comments like this are what make the tea party look uninformed and reactionary. The fact is that there is an open meetings law in WI, and there is reason to believe that law was violated. Tea party or no, at the very least you would expect this corse of action, and agree that anything less wold be unfair and unlawful.

    Just because you disagree with something doesn’t make it wrong.

    1. Sandy says:

      Comments like yours are stupid and uniformed thinking anyone who doesn’t agree with your liberal B S belongs to the tea party.

    2. Action and Informed says:

      They are uninformed and reactionary. What it looks like is what it is.

    3. Victim Du Jour says:

      You don’t even know basic 7th grade civics.

  3. Purrmaid says:

    A perfect example of the checks and balances working in a democracy.

    1. Victim Du Jour says:

      We are a republic

      1. Walker says:

        A perfect example of the checks and balances in a republic

      2. BS at its finest says:

        Heil Victim Du Jour

    2. johnnycmoun says:

      tell the stupid democrat congress people to get back to work and be part of the solution and quit crying and running away from responsibility. stupid is what stupid does – packers suck and so does your congress persons

      1. Captain Long Dong says:

        Wisconsin is stupid.

    3. clearanswers says:

      STUPID ACTIVIST JUDGE!!!!

  4. Bettue says:

    How can you state :judges defy the will of the voters? This issue was never put on a ballot for voters to vote on! Walker keeps saying, :The voters have spoken” Until it is an item voted on by the registered voters of Wisconsin, quit stating this is what the voters want!!

    1. barfed up my GOP platter says:

      maybe it can be simplified – walker didn’t get the majority of all the votes. He got more of those few that voted. lmao

      Way to go WI – now maybe show up and vote next time. Or not

      1. unquestionable logic says:

        If you don’t vote NO one to blame but yourself. and all of the data I have seen from the media is that GOP will win again. the polls taken earlier where weighted in pro-union favor. BUT if there are recall elections for all of those involved both the rupubs and the chickens that ran and hid from their duty. It will be interesting to see how it will end up. AND your statement is STUPID he DID get the majority of ALL the PEOPLE THAT VOTED. you see that’s what counts in an election. are ALL OF THE PEOPLE THAT VOTE.

        1. pss says:

          you must have seen that POLL on fox news! …………….we all know who owns and runs fox and we all know that it is a rebublicking channel and spins the truth to favor the right -wing nutjob commie conseratives

  5. kill me for freedom says:

    It basical says until the court cases are settle…it can’t be the law of the land. Sounds fair to me…

    The one part this story doesn’t address is whether or not removing the collective bargaining from a budget was legal. It just talks about the open meetings law when there are two points to the way this law was passed that is being challenged in court.

    1. kill me for freedom says:

      Now, the story did address the other issue and is much longer than oriignally reported.

  6. Purrmaid says:

    “Absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

    I’d rather see a compromise than a take-over. Adults working together with mutual respect for the jobs each has to do and what it means to the rest of society.

    1. Curtis says:

      Read the posts and ask yourself this: Are some these people able to find some middle ground? Treason, traitor, are words that shouldn’t be thrown around lightly. People in negotiation who had given wage and benefit concessions are called greedy. Either society is changing, or the minority has found a way to drown out the majority.

    2. Tom says:

      I would rather see a compromise also but how can we get the Democrats to get back to their jobs. I think that it was cowardly of them to run off out of state like they did. Does this mean that every time there is something that they don’t like they are going to disappear? I am a tax paying citizen in WI and if they can not do the job they were put in office to do then resign and go get a different job and stop wasting my money. To simply put things,(officials in office get back to WORK)!

      1. Mark says:

        They didn’t abandon their jobs. Civil disobedience takes courage.

  7. rid of it says:

    I’M REALLY SICK OF THE POP UPS covering the bottom!!!!!!!! Makes it not fun to read the news

    1. Matt says:

      learn to click the X

  8. Iconoclast says:

    I’m sorry, did the people of WI vote to strip the collective barganing rights of most state employees or did the Governor and state republicans simply decide to make a new law that goes against hard fought and established right for workers? Solving these budget issues needs to be docklast one with the help of the wealthy in addition too the sacrifices of working people. You seem h#ll bent on blaming working people. Why is that? Are you a right wing christian nut job who has been brainwashed by the GOP because they are happy to lie to you for your vote. You gave up your dignity way to cheep my friend.

    1. PFred says:

      So far, your’s is the most intelligent comment made on this part of the story.

  9. Cindy says:

    I agree Trudy, Walker should now commence with the layoffs and then they should pass the original bill now that the 14 traitors have returned back!

    With that approach, Wisconsin gets to trim the fat from the greedy teacher’s payroll while also protecting the taxpayers by ridding them of the burden of collective demands of the unions.

    Its a Win-Win!

    1. Paul says:

      Yeah, ’cause nothing’s more greedy then a middle class person trying to feed and support their family. Oh, the horror!

    2. PFred says:

      There is no win-win. WI taxpayers end up paying in the end no matter which way it goes. No one wins when thousands of people are laid off, the families suffer and the communities suffer. Don’t be ignorant Cindy!!!

    3. Poppy GHWB says:

      A traitor is “a person who commits treason by betraying his or her country” (Dictionary.com). You may have a right to criticize the 14 Democrats but to call them traitors is hateful and untrue. They haven’t betrayed their country in any way. Their decision to prevent a vote by leaving the state was certainly extreme. Remember how Governor Walker went about his decision here to make change to collective bargaining? There was no room for negotiating on his part. He made that point clear. And even though he has that right as Governor, to act in the way he chose, that doesn’t make anyone here a traitor. Throwing hateful words around does nothing to change Wisconsin’s budget differential and it certainly doesn’t benefit taxpayers. You are obviously not aware of what a teacher earns are you? I’m all for change to how unions negotiate. I’m a taxpayer. Do I get a voice or am I supposed to simply shut up and take whatever you tell me I should think Cindy? Please let me know how your inner pulchritude and divine wisdom will help our country rise to a better place for it’s citizens? We’ve been missing your amazing insights. Finally, you’ve arrived.

    4. Matt says:

      Cindy, Traitors? do you even know the meaning of the word? Also This wasn’t about money this was about removing someone’s right to freedom of speech. They all agreed that they need to reduce payrolls and other costs. The whole reason why they left is because it would take away people’s right to speak as a group. I think you need to stop watching Fox News.

    5. Wilbur says:

      Greedy billionaires want more money
      Greedy millionaires want to be billionaires.
      Greedy corporate CEO want million dollar salaries
      Greedy corporations make billions
      Working and middle class want to try to maintain where they are at.
      Some people just can’t find anybody else to blame for their woes so they take it out on the working and middle class because they have no power to take on the greedy so they beat on who they can.

    6. Patriot says:

      They ARE traitors!!!! Death threats have been made against the elected officers of the State of Wisconsin! Live ammunition was found on the Statehouse grounds during the siege. Democrats are respnosible for this outrage and must be punished!!! The Democratic Party must be outlawed, its members and supporters arrested, their offices closed, their property seized and their families monitored!!! Those who would oppose the Republic forfeit their rights!

      1. pss says:

        Patriot you are NO patriot maybe you are the one who should be put in prision and stripped of your rights just try this THINK BEFORE SPEAKING ! we are better of without your moronic statements just because someone dosen’t agree with you dosen’t make the a bad person or a criminal they are aloud to voice there opinion right or wrong just like you !!

      2. Blue Dog says:

        As posters noted below. The USA is not a Republican Republic. What you are promoting is a totalitarian state led by Republicans which would require an overthrow of the current President,. Thus you comment is treason

        1. Blue Dog says:

          this was to “patriot” who is no patriot

    7. Robert B says:

      Cindy, you have GOT to be kidding! You have apparently been drinking the republican kool-aid! “Greedy teachers” ???? What kind of idiotic comment is that? Have you seen what they make. There are plenty of ways that Wisconsin can trim their budget without going after the middle class!
      Trust me, collective bargaining is not a “burden” to the Wisconsin budget.

    8. Rae says:

      I agree. Unions are nothing but money grubbing people who will do anything for the union including intimidation. Let the layoffs begin. Send pink slips to all the teachers in the State of Wisconsin. Thier educational standard is a poor as Minnesota’s. There is no need for unions anymore. When they were started, they had the right idea, now they are nothing but protection for the lazy in the workplace and a way to bleed me the taxpayer dry by crying “More money!!”. These people have Masters degrees and they don’t seem to understand the concept of “NO MONEY TO PAY YOU! CAN:T GET BLOOD OUT OF TURNIPS WHO ARE UNEMPLOYED!”

    9. LLP says:

      Yeu that’s right so the GOP can give it back to the Koch brothers whom seem to own the GOP any way. We got the best goverment leaders that money can buy.

    10. Alan says:

      @ patriot or mark or waste of taxes, or whatever other name you go by. You really cannot believe the garbage you just printed. How quickly the events of Jan 8th are forgotten. Not the incident itself, but the accusations that flew later. Yet here you are attaching a small thing and essentially calling for a totalitarian state. That would not be patriotic.

    11. Todd says:

      They make on average $51k a year. They start in the low $30’s. 4 to 6 year degree in college. I woiuld hardly call that greedy. Greedy is a bunch of millionaires running for congress and state offices so they can get complete power along with the wealth.

    12. pss says:

      cindy what if this was your job or a family members job think about that! would that be a win-win then ?

  10. Yankee says:

    Trudy, I find your callousness in thinking 1,500 layoffs is “okay” quite selfish. Shame on you.

    1. Poppy GHWB says:

      Hey, Patriot!
      By your very words I sense you hate your country. At least you’re honest. Your words remind me of history: Joseph Stalin; Hitler’s Nazi Germany. Yes, if threats are made, those individuals should be brought to justice. That doesn’t make the entire Democratic party treasonous. You must know that. Right? Your words are really frightening. Do you want to threaten me? Do you hate Democrats? Oh, by the way, just to clarify. I didn’t say I was a Democrat. Those were two separate questions. May I am and maybe I’m not. Do you even understand the magnitude of your words? I’ll pray for you. If your own child were a Democrat, would you have them arrested as well? Just for their beliefs?

  11. Mike D says:

    THE PAST FEW DAYS WERE SO NICE WITHOUT ANYTHING REPORTED OUT OF WI. CAN’T WE KEEP IT THAT WAY!!

    Stick to more pressing/life-threatening matters like the travesty in Japan where people’s lives are actually at stake. I’m sure they’d be happy here taking an 8% pay decrease.

  12. Paul says:

    Republicans met in committee two hours after they announced they would. Wisconsin law requires 24 hour notice. They broke the law. There is no judicial activism involved. Sorry to allow the truth to interrupt your rant.

    1. Lisa says:

      Paul – Thanks for clearing things up that SHOULD have been included in the article. Shoddy journalism is rampant.

  13. Paul says:

    Blah! Blah! Blah

  14. ron eichhorst says:

    why is it that theis goverment is against unions fare barginning and does nothing against their own salaries which are too high

  15. Carol Brown says:

    At last we have a bit of good news – for a change.

  16. Um...wait... says:

    Um….”these liberal elitists are a threat to our Republic”? Last I heard, we were a democracy.

    1. Bill says:

      “Last I heard, we were a democracy”

      You must have gone to public school, the USA is a constitutional republic

      1. ....hmmmmmm says:

        Wow… bashing the public school system.
        Hey Bill…. what kind of job did you land as a kid to pay your way through private school?
        Another case of someone who woke up on third base and thought he hit the triple.
        Pull the silver spoon out of your a$$ and go kiss your parents’ for hitting that triple for you. While you’re at it… take a look at many of the public schools in the Twin Cities. You’ll find them right ABOVE a good portion of the private schools in the rankings.

        1. shelly says:

          Twin City public schools REALLY?? we are talking WI not MN hmmm thought you knew that!

          1. more than capable prof. & mother says:

            Today its WI, tomorrow CA maybe next week MN, what’s it matter?
            Its all relevant.
            Fact is were all going to have to tighten our belts a little bit we shouldn’t bicker over today middle class, tomorrow the rich and next week the poor. Everyone grow up a little bit.
            We do dishes because they are dirty not because they are our dishes.
            We take out the trash because its full not because no one else will.

        2. more than capable prof. & mother says:

          That’s because the bar is set low. TC schools are pittiful. I have 2 in HS and community college is our bar. Now NSP HS they are teaching children..preparing them for college even. .aybe my 8yr old will be taught some usefull things…by the time she is in NSP HS. My point….NSp is public school…with staff tthat will retain their jobs. They lead by example. Arlington….Humboldt……Harding…comoteachers watch out your jobs are on the line. Reform is comming.

    2. M. says:

      Thanks, “Um…wait…”, I needed a good laugh! A Democracy… Hahaha!

      Oh yeah, by the way, you heard wrong.

    3. Victim Du Jour says:

      The US Constitution says we are a ” Republican form of government”

      We are a Republic, not a democracy

      1. YES in DEED says:

        Yes, we are a Democratic Republic. AKA We vote for people to represent us in Washington. I don’t know how so many U.S. born citizens don’t know this simple fact. I have only known a few (3) legalized citizens but THEY all knew it.

        1. william says:

          There are those on the board who think we are a Republican Republic.

    4. Victim Du Jour says:

      The US Constitution says we have a republican form of government. Look it up!

  17. Mark says:

    The bill that was signed does appear to violate the 24 hour law, so it’ll get over-turned, then those democrats will leave the state again and it will be all for not, yet again. The republicans will give proper notice and then it will still pass. The democrats aren’t going to win on this one, the people voted who they wanted in office, now live with it.

  18. shirley says:

    Thank GOD Judge Sumi, can see what’s going on here. Any time any party takes away your will to talk or negotiate an issue, whether it’s wages, work ethics, or benefits, that’s taking away the peoples rights to get their side heard, and it’s giving the other side the authority to say this is what we’re offering, take it or lump it.

  19. Constitutionalist says:

    Separation of powers. Checks and balances. Read the constitution. THAT is how laws become law.

    1. Note to self says:

      That’s right, Constitutionalist. The constitution does have the power to protect the people from partisan warfare. It just takes more time and process than any of us prefer.

  20. Poppy GHWB says:

    Even Governor Walker would disagree with what you just said. You think that the only people worthy of the ‘Republic’ are those who think like you do. Will your hate lead to a better community for children, for families? For all? I suggest reading, anything really. God gave us two ears and one mouth for a reason. Judges follow precedent directed by legislative laws and governing rules which are set by the constituents, yes, the voters you claim to be your own. Your words are that of a bully, not someone trying to make positive, even if sometimes difficult change. Governor Walker is a hero compared to you. And I don’t agree with his recent tactics on how he went about passing this bill. But at least he doesn’t act like he’s God, does he?

  21. Victim Du Jour says:

    Isn’t it treason for this Judge to make the Union more powerful than a elected Republic State Legislature and executive branch?

    All it takes is two witnesses, and the Judge is in big trouble.

    1. PFred says:

      No, it isn’t treason, it is her job to make sure laws are not broken, even if they are by the politicians YOU voted to put into office.

      1. Victim Du Jour says:

        There is Nothing in the United States or Wisconsin State Constitution that protects the Union.

        The Judge is out of order

        1. Walker says:

          Your ignorance over what the judge ruled on in pathetic

        2. Walker says:

          Lest there be some person out there that agrees with you someone must clarify your ignorance. If your victims are people calling you on your lack of knowledge then you have a few more issues to work out. So your point on these boards is put out misinformation. When you cannot win an argument you resort to juvenile behavior. Clearly you have wasted the taxpayer dollars spent on education. No wonder why they want to cut teacher’s salaries.

    2. Victim Du Jour says:

      Most Judges are appointed now days, that’s why a lot of them don’t know how to read.

      We don’t live in a judicial dictatorship.

      1. fred3 says:

        now you hate judges is there anyone you do like

      2. william says:

        You need to look at your ballot more carefully next time.

    3. Walker says:

      Oran’s Dictionary of the Law (1983) defines treason as “…[a]…citizen’s actions to help a foreign government overthrow, make war against, or seriously injure the [parent nation].” In many nations, it is also often considered treason to attempt or conspire to overthrow the government, even if no foreign country is aided or involved by such an endeavor

      How is that treason. There are rules and procedures a legislature must follow. They did not. The 24 hour notice is the law, the facts are there. Your use of inflammatory language is an example of the problem of having a legitimate discussion of issues.

  22. Look at all the stupidity!!! says:

    MNTP
    You were probably one of the people that were he!! bent on paying millions and millions to find out who Clinton put his dipstick in but have a hard time when the same thing happens to your side LEAGALLY. Just shut up about the “liberals” already, you idiot repubs seem to forget that there are more than just “liberals” and repubs, those are only 2 of the parties that people affiliate with.

  23. How About Them Apples says:

    The republicans knew this law would never fly, but now they can say to their people
    look how hard we tried.

  24. Freddy Madson says:

    Walker is a doofus and a pip squeak, right wing wind bag. WI should recall him today.

  25. Victim Du Jour says:

    The Judge is committing an act of treason in an open courtroom.

    Unions and activist Judges are not more powerful than the entire elected State Legislative Branch and the Executive Branch.

    -Sorry!

    1. Walker says:

      A law is a law. Just because you disagree with something does not make it treason. It is part of the checks and balances in a republic. But it was nice at the end where you apologized for being ignorant and hateful. Nice touch.

      1. Victim Du Jour says:

        There is nothing in the constitution that protects government Unions.

        When Judges make up pretend rules out of thin air it’s called treason.

        Judges are not the public policy making branch of the government.

    2. ...hmmmmm says:

      The judge is acting within the confines of the law.
      Treason? A little dramatic.
      You don’t really believe your own B.S., do you?

    3. Victim Du Juror says:

      Not
      and not sorry.

      I am the jury

      1. Wilbur says:

        In a republic when they form a jury they look for people who are neutral or impartial. You are neither.

    4. Poppy GHWB says:

      Victim Du Jour is wrong. The judicial branch is part of the checks and balances.
      The legislative body and the executive branch are the other two. They are supposed to balance each other out. When all the areas have run the course of ‘checks’ the constitutional interpretations of all three governmental parts meet the requirements of ‘balances’. If Wisconsin Governor Walker’s law has been passed within the boundaries of the Wisconsin and US Constitutions, then it will eventually become law. Otherwise the bill will be rejected. At that point the Governor and the legislature can take up the measure again, this time ironing out the constitutional differences and passing the legislation. That’s how the system works for everybody. Sorry Victim Du Jour! Your argument is befuddled with weak logic. By the way, are you the victim or the victimizer? Your not using hateful words to prey on other people, are you? Your use of soundbites needs a lot of work. The word ‘activist’ has run it’s course, don’t you think? Its not very convincing anymore. Oh, look up the word ‘treason’. I think you’ll find the real meaning of that word in the dictionary. I’ve defined it in another post. I think what you meant to call the judge was a ‘patriot’, “One who loves, supports, and defends one’s country” (www.thefreedictionary.com). You see, the judge is only following precedence for laws which already exist: A true patriot, don’t you think? Maybe you need to go back to school? Maybe you need a smaller classroom with more individual attention? Would that help? Oh, wait, that would go against the grain of your very logic. Sorry again, Victim Du Jour.

      1. Victim Du Jour says:

        But the configuring does not give labor unions any authority or rights at all.

        The Judge has no grounds to block the law.

      2. Walker says:

        Victim’s ability to process what he reads must be impaired. The Wisconsin law is that there needs to be 24 hours between proposal and passage of a law. When they removed the bill they passed from the other legislation, it created a new bill. They waited two hours, not 24

    5. Kelly Kriefall says:

      Agree!

  26. Butt out judge says:

    Sit the little miscreant democrats down in their seats, call the matter to vote, get it into law, let everybody go home and whine.

  27. Lay them off! says:

    Accept it and start laying them off!

    1. Matt says:

      thats the republicans answer to everything. So many other options that can be done. Like Reducing wages, Increasing the amount of money they put into their retirement funds.

      There are 2 types of republicans poor ones that understand the true form of less taxes and rich ones who only want to pay less taxes and want the poor to pay more taxes. I feel taxes should be a straight percent across all levels of incomes unlike it is now.

  28. Ralph says:

    If you agree with a judge it is eight, if you disagree it is liberal activism. Very myopic for so little facts.

  29. Brad Smith says:

    Them Democrats who fled Wisconsin were denying the democratic process from happening. they were elected to be in Madison representing their constituants hiding out of state to prevent a vote is undemocratic and more of a socialist way of running government. they did not have the votes so they fled and held the state hostage costing us even more money. The 14 who fled are the ones who need to be recalled. Thanks to Scott Walker for trying to balance our budget. without it we will all lose our jobs

    1. ....hmmmm says:

      You still think this is about balancing a budget?
      Get your head out of the sand.
      You probably believed the WMD’s in Iraq B.S., too.

    2. chet says:

      So balancing the budget is to ONLY be done on the backs of Public Unions ? Is this fair?NO if walker had any BALLS he would try to work with both sided and quit being a Dictator!!

  30. Earl says:

    When the union had already agreed to monetary concessions, how is it layoffs other than political payback for striving to keep future negotiating options.

  31. Hags says:

    I find it pathetic that because governments suck at negotiating contracts with unions, they now want to make unions illegal. They just need to do a better job of representing the taxpayer at the table.

  32. lib says:

    Union Workers give 100% to their jobs, 12% on Monday, 23% on Tuesdy,40% on Wednesday, 20% on Thursday, and 5% on Friday.We all knew the minute this didn’t go the way the thugs wanted it they would find a judge to stop it.
    Y-Tube is the answer, just keep videoing these union non workers at their jobs and keep posting and you will see a change in the entire community. Unions and that includes the precious teachers have never put in a full days work.

    1. pss says:

      lib do you know any Union workers ? I highly dought you do because you probable set at home collect unemployment eat bon bons and watch tv all day . when you get up off your pompus ass and work for a living insted of loofing your life away maybe you will Know !!

      1. Todd says:

        Amen. When that storm comes through your neighborhood and wipes out the power, who is working 24 hours a day to get your electric back on? Union workers. That food in your basket at the grocery store. How did it get there? Union workers. Yeah lib, keep sucking of the state tit and get a job. Or are you the Walmart greeter? Yeah, thought I recognized you.

    2. Earl says:

      lib be lie. please stick a camera on yourself at work

  33. Goob says:

    Democrats, manipulated by unions, is a pimple on a nats butt compared to Republicans being manipulated by big business!!

    1. pimple buster says:

      funny, Obama must be a republican now. cause wall street gave almost twice to his election as the RINO. and look how he payed them back HMMMMMMM.

  34. lib says:

    Union workers give 100% to their jobs, 12% on Monday, 23% on Tuesday, 40% on Wednesday, 20% on Thursday, 5% on Friday. This liberal judge may stop it all for now, but keep videoing these bums on the job and when people see how little time they put in, you’ll get the law passed then.

    1. Todd says:

      Do you have nothing else to say? Isn’t it about time to punch the clock at Walmart Lib?

  35. Jeff Kline says:

    Give them their lousy 24 hours of “Notice”, then go in there and in front of all the screaming chanting union goons; DO IT AGAIN. Shut them down. All of them. Its time for fiscal sanity despite what the liberal progressive democrats want.

  36. Doug J says:

    According the the Wisconsin Senate Rules specifically Senate Rule 93:

    Senate Rule 93. Special, extended or extraordinary sessions. Unless otherwise provided by the senate for a specific special, extended or extraordinary session, the rules of the senate adopted for the regular session shall, with the following modifications, apply to each special session called by the governor and to each extended or extraordinary session called by the senate and assembly organization committees or called by a joint resolution approved by both houses:

    (1) No senate bill, senate joint resolution or senate resolution shall be considered unless it is germane to the subjects enumerated by the governor in the proclamation calling the special session or to the subjects enumerated by the committees on organization or in the joint resolution calling the extended or extraordinary session and is recommended for introduction by the committee on senate organization or by the joint committee on employment relations.

    (2) No notice of hearing before a committee shall be required other than posting on the legislative bulletin board, and no bulletin of committee hearings shall be published.

    They were in special seesion as was called by the Govenor so he did NOT need to provide notice. However, the rouge Dems were emiailed about the vote and chose to remain away.

    Judge Sumi is out of line on this one.

  37. Nickoli says:

    @ Git Rid Of IT.

    Anyone that wants to remove WCCO’s ad’s you need to use FireFox web browser and goto tools menu select add-on’s and search for Adblock plus. install the plug-in and select easylist database. No more ad’s, buy we aware some sites wont function correctly sometimes. You can use the stop sign in the top right to disable the block per site or all together. Great add-on. I bet this post gets removed!

  38. Tim says:

    It is a temporary injunction – they will pass it again, as they should. I can’t stand hearing about taking away rights from the working man. There are a lot more working men and families in Wisc who don’t get the salaries or benefits the state employees get and are sick of picking up the check any longer. Govenor Walker took a stand that was needed. Hopefully other states will follow the lead. It’s time these union employees understand that the majority of the working public can’t afford their benefits any longer – pay for your own retirement like tghe rest of us

  39. Ali says:

    Get rid of as many worthless government workers as we can…everybody wins! They put NOTHING in to the economy! They only take take take.

    1. Tea and peas says:

      well stated ….. by a true idiot. So take Ali’s words and do a 180 with them. Thanks Ali 😉

      Muhammed

      1. pss says:

        Ali when you need to get you driver’s license or your tabs for your vehicle where will you get them ………………………………………..NOWHERE all of us government workers are gone!! Now i suggest you start thinking with that thing you call a brain !!

  40. MAD MAX says:

    People are like you are the true threat to the Republic. This judge is following the letter of the law to a “T” which is only right considering the Republicans are trying undo 50yrs of hard work that the people of the state of Wisconsin have done since the CBA came to them. Scott Walker does care about those outside Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha, and Waukesha counties. His signature on the line proves that to the hard working folks in the rest of the state that rallied at the Capitol.

  41. merks says:

    another activist judge strikes again. even if her ruling isn’t overturned the law will be re-introduced and the public unions and their illegal thug strikers will be reigned in a little. How flipping horrible they are asked to pay in very little for their benefits.

    1. pss says:

      merks if you were asked to take an 8% pay cut would you ? or would you stand up and fight ?

  42. Frank O. says:

    WI voted Walker in NO BODY ELSE…if you didn’t vote then thats still a voice…SO

    YOU VOTED HIM IN……..he said what he was going to do now he has your attention, next time there is an election maybe some of the the people who didn’t find time to get dressed and go vote will think about it.

    I agree start the lay offs

  43. Amy says:

    What if that was your job? Would it be okay then?

  44. Richard says:

    Good idea, get rid of the middle class, We have been like the middle man, In the way for many years. Now the rich can have all the money, and the rest of us nothing. sounds like a third world idea to me.

    1. more than capable prof. & mother says:

      No bodys gettin rid of them…they are being redefined. I am a highly paid prof. Living at about the poverty level. I say squash EA…the only people it helps are those that abuse the system….,no more sect 8…..once these programs are gone the going rate on an abode will drop significantly. Homeless rates will drop. Morale will rise.
      Sure it won’t balance the budget but its a step in the right direction. And its the low man on the totem pole stepping up to the plate when noone else wants to. And I promise you we aren’t the ones who defaulted on our loans or racked up credit the banks had to cop to….they are fdic . What did you big wigs think was gonna happen?
      No the unions ARE “Big Business” don’t get it twisted middle class they aren’t your friend. Now they are going to have to work harder to earn your dues and your dues are gonna be less. Sounds to me like an upper class hit…hmmmm I wonder what kinda money a union official makes.

  45. Herb says:

    VictimDuJour . . . “it is treason when judges make up law out of thin air . . .” Oh you mean like when the Bush supreme court made up Citizens United to give corporations unfettered power to select the government favorable to their own corporate interests . . . and in direct conflict with the best interests of the majority of the citizens of the United States.Or when a judge declared Bush president in 2004 against the wishes of the majority of actual citizens of the United States . . .?. This seems like SOP for the party you support . . . you and Patriot almost seem to say that you approve of a dictatorial system of laws only when it favors your misguided concept of “republic”, not when it is the actual will of the people (not the corporations).

    1. Victim Du Jour says:

      The US Supreme Court ruled Judges don’t make election recount rules, the state legislature makes the rules. And they also said they must recount the whole state and not just a few democrat strongholds.

  46. Hugh Jorgan says:

    Let the HS dropout WCCO editorial commenters continue. God, you’re all pathetic, on both sides.

  47. Victim Du Jour says:

    There is nothing in the United State Constitution or the State of Wisconsin Constitution that gives Government Workers the right to form Unions, or grants Unions any form of authority over public policy.

    The Judge is out of order and committing an act of treason.

    What the constitution does say is the State Legislature and the executive branch makes public policy. Not Judges and Unions

    1. pss says:

      You are about as stupid as can be “victim du jour because there are MANY things in the Constitutions that applied when they were written and do not apply now ! thats why we have amendments to the Constitution. Maybe you need to go back to school and I would suggest that thiis time you LISTEN and maybe you will LEARN !

  48. Victim Du Jour says:

    Nothing in the Constitution gives labor unions authority over public policy at all, it’s the same as if a judge blocked a law for a corporation.

    This is an act of treason on the part of the judge and she should be removed from the bench for judicial misconduct.

    1. pss says:

      would you please buy a Webster’s Dictionary and look up words before you throw them around without knowing the proper meaning suggestion start with treason and traitor!!

  49. Victim Du Jour says:

    The law doesn’t allow searching without a warrant, it doesn’t allow the military to live on your property, the law does not stop free speech or freedom of the press.

    The Judge has no ground to block the law. Especially when no one can even cite anything in the constitution that gives labor unions rights.

    1. pss says:

      you are SO WRONG law enforcement can search without a warrant ti is called probable cause ! it’s used on many traffic stops every day …………………….and as for not being in the constitution many laws are not in the constitution So as for the judge having no right to block the perposed law YES SHE HAS A CONTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO BLOCK IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  50. Walt says:

    Ok, let us let Unions bankrupt the state. That’s what the Union wants? All else make cutbacks and they are immune. Why?

    1. pss says:

      the Unions are NOT the problem it’s giving ALL THE TAX BREAKS to those who can afford to pay the most !! Union workers are middleclass NOT upperclass and rich to all that think we union workers have it so GREAT lets compare checks mine is public knowledge make your public knowledge

  51. Marcia (Love Wisconsin) says:

    Why is it that people posting on this site are not allowed to state their opinions without retaliation? If you don’t agree, state your opinion and allow others to have their say also. Some on this site behave like bullies and it gets tiresome to try and read what someone has to say and others have to degrade, etc. Disagree by stating your opinion and allow me my opinion. I think our President said last year “I Won”. Whether you like it or not the Republicans in WI can say the same “They Won”. President Obama did not state everything he was going to do if elected so what? He stated some things he was going to do and hasn’t done them so what? I worked for a major bank in this country and when profits where not what they expected guess what? I was forced to lay off people. That is what happens when there is not enough money. What do you people do in your own lives when your income does not cover your expenses? Use a credit card? The states and our national government have been doing that too long and something has to give. I don’t want my kids to be paying my debts; they will have their own to pay personally and through taxation. Does it make you all feel good to degrade and call one another names? Is that what you teach your kids? Disagree but respect that people have the right to their opinion and voice as well as yours. Grow up and get a life!!!!!!!!

  52. more than capable prof. and mother says:

    Idiot gov employees are the only people who will be hard hit by this. If you do your job well, it isn’t going to be hard to get the pay you deserve. I want that freshman algebra teacher fired first…let all the rest of them make their quotas….80% of your class must pass or you will be shot….no but you will take a pay cut at the first event and if you can’t teach the children find a new job. Every county worker who can’t be reached by phone durring business hours….your all fired. All those cops in roseville who tyzed that 16 year old boy at the movieswhile he was in handcuffs last year, paycuts or continued ed requirements. But no union should be able to protect you. Many aspects of gov can be run much more efficiently and a lot of people out here are qualified to do those jobs better. So chill because everybody ain’t able, we get that. Subway is hiring too. And NO UNION DUES…wooooohoooooo!!!!!

  53. Marcia (Love Wisconsin) says:

    I would like to ask a question of those that favor the judges decision? If the Democrats were in the majority and the Republicans did not favor a bill the Democrats wanted to pass, is it okay for the Republicans to leave the state? If you don’t want this bill and you don’t want layoffs, are you willing to start paying higher taxes? You know you can contribute to the State of WI treasury without being asked. Then union workers wouldn’t face layoff. I want my children to have the very best teachers and I do not want the unions deciding who is the best teacher. Do you?

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    1. Marcia from Wisconsin says:

      I wonder if President Obama will comment on this decision. The law was passed by elected officials! I hope the people is WI wise up and re-elect Scott Walker. He is trying to do good things for WI and outside groups and union members is WI are trying to protect themselves under the guise of protecting children and good education. I graduated from a high school in WI 50+ years ago and we did not have union teachers. They were wonderful and many of my fellow students have lead very successful lives because of the quality of education we received. I still remember my English teacher, Mrs. Carlson and I try my best to use what she taught me those many years ago. I also can write which many students now cannot.

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