Wis. To Act As Though Anti-Union Law Official

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Until it’s told otherwise, Wisconsin’s Department of Administration says it will move forward as though an unsettled law that takes away certain collective bargaining rights has become official.

Department Secretary Mike Huebsch (HIBSH’) said Saturday that his legal counsel has advised him to begin implementing the law as required after a bill is lawfully published.

The bill in question was published Friday by the nonpartisan Legislative Reference Bureau. Publication typically means a law takes effect, but there’s uncertainty in this case.

The Reference Bureau head says the law only takes effect after Secretary of State Doug La Follette acts. But a judge’s temporary restraining order prevented La Follette from doing so.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says that doesn’t matter. He says since the Reference Bureau published it, it’s official.

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  • Dave

    Would be funny if the “law” was not upheld by the courts and any actions by the State of Wisconsin were thrown out because they disregarded the judges restraining order LOL

    • Victim Du Jour

      The Judge has no legal ground to block the law, all the state legislature has to do is impeach her for Judicial misconduct.

      • Kris

        You better read the law before you just go and make comments like this.

        • Victim Du Jour

          What makes you think an appointed Judge is more powerful than a bill passed by an entire Wisconsin State legislature, and signed by an elected governor.

          Maybe you should take a basic 7th grade civics class.

          • ruth

            It’s why there are three branches of government. It even looks like they may have blown it by publishing it before it went through the courts. Walker is under the impression that he can do whatever he wants and not even think about it’s implications. No governor in Wisconsin has done what he has done and hopefully with him being recalled as soon as the clock strikes 11/3/2011 he won’t do too much damage in the meantime!

            • Victim Du Jour

              What amendment gives Unions rights or authority over the government? The Judge has nothing to back her up.

              The Constitution says the legislative branch makes public policy. Sorry

              • Think Again

                You better read how the US government works -again. The three branches are independent of each other and the Judicial branch does enforce the law-which was broken. The Judicial branch is there to protect the people from illegal activities in the legislature and executive branch–such as breaking the public meeting laws. And, yes, Walker does have to listen. Just because the Attorney General says something doesn’ tmake it law–the courts do that. Seems the WI Attorney General needs to be added to the recall list….

              • Mark

                It’s put on hold because they didn’t give enough notice before the vote.

          • Earl

            You flunked yours ssa

      • Paul

        Blah Blah Blah

      • Victim Du Jour

        Now the AWOL democrats expect people to follow the rules?

        They followed the rules when they passed it. The judge has nothing to back up her ruling.

        The Constitution says it’s perfectly legal for the state legislature to pass laws.

    • ruth

      Oh we are hoping for that. I hope we get the last laugh!

  • Kris

    I have never seen two people who think they are more above the law than Walker and Fitzgerald. I have never seen two people be more dishonest with the people they are suppose to represent. They don’t seem to care who they trample on to manouver this thing into affect. January cannot come soon enough!

    • Rich

      Have you forgotten about how Obama health care was implemented already or maybe you weren’t paying attention. Oh, you spelled maneuver wrong also wise guy. The next presidential election can’t come soon enough.

      • Ben

        I seem to remember Obama making concession after concession, compromise after compromise, discussion after discussion. And after all that, conservatives still voted against it. Unless you had the AMAZING insurance coverage that nobody had, I’d say you’ve been brainwashed.

    • Rick

      …Really – just look at Obama who goes on his own without Congressional approval for the War with Libya. Obama also feels he can tell the Supreme Court that their rulings are not to be enacted – if the rulings are against his beliefs. Oh that’s right: Obama is a liberal democrat so that is okay!!

      • M B

        Did you forget that Bush did the exact same thing? Of course you did. Because in this case, forgetting that fact suits your purposes. If anything, Obama is acting on a Republican precedent. It’s funny how it’s perfectly okay for Bush to do it, but not Obama.


        • Ben

          You do realize that republicans have absolutely no ideas beyond “whatever Obama says, I don’t like”.

          Notice how the job market is still really bad? All they said was that they’d focus on jobs- but just during the campaign.

    • Kris

      I guess I was wrong. Walker & Fitzgerald don’t want Wisconsin to go bankrupt like GM.

    • dan

      It’s “into effect” not affect. Are you a teacher? http://www.future-perfect.co.uk/grammartips/grammar-tip-effect-affect.asp

  • Genius

    Kris – You must not have met Obama and Pelosi and Harry Reid and Barney Frank and Mr. Dodd…

  • Walker lover

    unions are long outdated. Public workers work less than in the private sector and receive benefits well above any others. If their work was valuable – sure. But being a basic laborer or otherwise unskilled… well you aint worth much. Its the law of supply and demand. Union folk are in too much supply and we don’t have much demand for run of the mill folk. You are replaceable.

  • As it should be

    GO Gov. Walker! Good move! We support you.

  • Norge

    Another activist judge trying to re-write law and attempting to extend the courts power to the legislative branch. The libs and union thugs went to a bought and paid for judge who issued an order he has no authority to issue under Wisconsin State Constitution. Now the law is still published and it is law. As President Obamama squealed two years ago; “The election is over the people have spoken, and it is time for the opposition to accept the consequences”. So union thugs and lefty-libs….grow-up, get a real job, and work for a living.

    • TTT

      Exactly! What I find funny is the headline to this article. “Wis. to act as though Anti-Union Law Official”.

      Where does this bill say Anti-Union? Maybe WCCO should look at there left leaning bias.

      As far as I know this bill is about contributing more to the pension and benefits. Also they still have a union, just not all the perks they once had.

      • M B

        What part of this whole thing have you been conveniently ignoring to soothe your conscience? In case you forgot, or stopped listening when it suited you, the unions willingly gave the benefits concession. WALKER wouldn’t accept just that and wanted more. He wanted to neuter the power of the unions by taking their collective bargaining rights away, which effectively makes the unions powerless to negotiate..

        In case you haven’t gotten it yet, this was NOT about benefits, it was about castrating the unions.

        • TTT

          Answer me this, are the unions gone? I didn’t think so.

          They just don’t have ALL there power anymore.

          Are you telling me that the only thing the union has is collective bargaining?

          Groups negotiate every day in numbers without unions.

          Like I said before, unions make up 12% of the workforce. Whether you like it or not, YOU ARE THE MINORITY!

          Welcome to democracy. THE MAJORITY WINS!

          • The Crux of the Biscuit

            “Groups negotiate every day in numbers without unions. ”

            Name 5.

            Then name 5 that successfully negotiated…….

            • TTT

              Answer my two questions first. Don’t deflect to another question.

              Answer that then I will answer yours.

          • Ben

            That’s an oversimplification of the democratic process. What you described is called “Mob Rule”.

            • Ben

              Also known as Ochlocracy.

  • 401k

    Awesome! Look at IBM. They converted pensions to 401(k)’s. Why can’t government workers get 401(k)s where they have to contribute for their own retirement?

    • TRA

      Public Workers do contribute to their own retirement. Teachers pay into a teacher retirement account, which is matched. This is the same as in the private sector.

      • TRA

        If Public workers contribute to their retirement and healthcare, then what’s the problem?

    • The Crux of the Biscuit

      IBM was sued over their pention shenanigans dumb bass…. And lost.

    • The Crux of the Biscuit

      IBM was sued over their pention shenanigans. And lost. Dumb Bass……

  • mj

    This is why we have three parts of goverment It is called checks and balances for any onr of you that have forgotten one group can not run rough shud over the other two Please read the laws and understand goverment before you make any more statements

    • 1twinsfan

      Now you’re asking too much of those in favor of the law. Read??

  • mj

    this was stated to Norge

  • b

    i bet Wisconsin regrets electing this piece of work as governor

    • Walker for President

      Yes. I agree Wisconsin regrets voting for Obama. We need more leaders like Governor Walker.

  • MH

    I will bet you they re-elect the Governor. Less then 1% of Wisconsin residents belong to this horrible Union and the rest of the Tax payer can’t wait for collective right be taken away. I know 2 people in the Union, the one has 93 sick days and the other has 96, so you tell me that this shouldn’t be taken away and the Unions destroyed themselves and they deserve everything thats going to come at them but its sad that the people that created this mess have long been retired and could careless what happens now!

    • The Crux of the Biscuit

      I worked for a company and had in exess of 200 sick days banked up. We had no short-term or long-term disability insurance. It was the only way long term employees could protect themselves in the event of a long illness. So, what has that got to do with anything?

  • nmr

    We support you, Governor Walker. Keep up the great work in Wisconsin.

    • Really?

      Be careful what you wish for.

  • bob

    I really hope you anti union people appreciate you r paid breaks, your 5 day work weeks, and your overtime, along with a decent wage and vacation time. That is what the early unions fought for the working people. Except none of you know about such time because you probably never talked to people who lived through those times. Take what you have for granted and it will go away. It is so stupid you people fight against what other working people have. What is wrong with you people?

  • tiredandretired

    Impeach the corrupt Republicans who continue to break the law. Then, prosecute them to the fullest. For those trying to change the subject to Obama: You are pathetic. This has nothing to do with Obama. Quit grasping at straws. To those of you hating on the unions: Most of what you are saying is inaccurate. Just because you are jealous of someone else, it does not justify taking away their rights. Instead of trying to drag them down to your level, try doing the work necessary to get that for yourselves. Just remember that, if the Koch Bros. Gang succeeds in this travesty, you will be their next victim.

    • Walker for President

      Hey “TiredandRetired” –

      How did the Wisconsin Republicans break the law? Why are they corrupt? This has everything to do with Obama. Wisconsin was on course to become another GM. Walker stepped in and did what he was elected to do.

      When will Minnesota follow Wisconsin? Or, are we going to follow Illinois and increase our taxes 50% so Dow companies like Catepillar end up moving to a fiscally conservative state like Texas?

      • The Crux of the Biscuit

        Texas has a $18,000,000,000 state deficit. Here is the link. Do you practice being wrong or does it just come naturally?


        • Walker Rocks

          I agree with you they shouldn’t have used the Obama stimulus last year to balance their budget. They’re paying the price this year, but they did balance their budget.

          Why are all of the Venture Capital firms opening offices in Texas?
          Which state had more job growth than all of the other states combined in 2008?
          How can Texas double their income tax rate but it will still be the same? (hint: it’s zero).

      • Andy

        @Walker for President

        How, exactly, are teachers bankrupting the state? If they are, as you seem to think, why didn’t it happen a loooong time ago. The job of being a teacher has been around for a lot longer than the economic meltdown.

  • Ralph

    The US took part in the bombing of Libya. As well as overthrowing a dictator in Nicaragua by force,, attacked Grenada, had troops in Somalia, as well as Vietnam and Cambodia all without acts of Congress. Funny Victim du Jour didn’t remind people of this while telling them they failed a 7 grade history class.

    • Human Bean

      How many wrongs does it take to make it right??????????

  • Sassy

    Walker is a leader. Anyone (Obammie) can spend more and more. What happens in your family when there is too much shopping? Do you spend even more to solve the problem?

  • pojo

    I fine it interesting that people want to walk all over the courts decisions rather then waiting for its outcome. Keep it up and the people will strike back.

    • Victim Du Jour

      The people did strike back against government unions.

  • mark from mntaxwaste.com

    I can’t wait to bring this to Minnesota, opps thats right we already started. So long overpaid public unions!!

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    Did it ever occur to you that the Wisconsin Law on pubilc workers’ collective bargaining rights may be in violation of the 1933 Taft-Hartley Act, a federal law that not only governs US unions but allows collective bargaining?

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