September 2012

A message from AFT Local 243 President Marie Dusio: I am not an attorney, but will do my best to explain what I understand about the changes related to Wisconsin Act 10 as a result of recent judicial decisions.

There are currently two court cases related to Act 10:

First: The appeal of Judge William N. Conley’s ruling is in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (Chicago). Judge Conley ruled that the sections of Act 10 regarding recertification violate U.S. constitutional guarantees of equal protection under the law by classifying some unions as engaged in “public safety” and exempting them from compliance. The ruling also struck down a provision barring the voluntary deduction of union dues from “general employee” paychecks. This action reinstated automatic (payroll) dues deduction and eliminated the requirement of annual recertification by a majority of eligible members. Arguments have begun in the Appeals Court, although a decision has not yet been handed down.

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From: South Central Federation of Labor
Subject: Save Union Contracts in Madison Schools

Urgent: Help MTI and AFSCME get contracts!

Photograph of 2012 MTI Valentine's Day Rally by Peter Patau

Please come out on Monday evening and support our teachers and other public school staff, members of MTI and AFSCME Local 60, who need a contract ASAP.

Show up in your UNION COLORS or WEAR RED for ED
at the Madison School District Board of Education meeting
at 6 p.m. on Monday, September 24, 2012 in the
Doyle Administration Building, 545 W. Dayton Street

 At this moment, collective bargaining for municipal and school district employees is legal once again in Wisconsin. Judge Juan Colás’ ruling effectively struck down Act 10 as unconstitutional, for it deprived union members of the Constitutional guarantees of freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and equal protection under the law.

Action is needed NOW before the Walker administration is able to undermine Judge Colás’ ruling.

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A message from AFT Local 243 President Marie Dusio: The leadership of Local 243 is encouraged by the recent decision by Dane County Circuit Court Judge Juan Colás that struck down portions of Wisconsin Act 10, and hopeful that it will bring about positive benefits for our members.

We are communicating with AFT-Wisconsin staff and seeking legal advice to determine the options and possible best course of action for our Local 243. Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.

Read and listen to reports from Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) about the responses to the ruling by Dane County Circuit Court Judge Juan Colás that struck down parts of Wisconsin Act 10 with regard to collective bargaining rights for public employees.

Wisconsin Attorney General wants Act 10 Ruling put on hold (9/17/2012)

Act 10 Ruling Q&A with Associate Professor Paul Secunda of the Marquette University Law School (9/19/2012)

On Tuesday, September 18th, 2012, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) House of Delegates voted overwhelmingly to suspend the strike and send the contract to all 26,000 CTU members for a ratification vote. Teachers, clinicians and PSRPs will return to school on the morning of Wednesday, September 19th, 2012.

Union leaders had already signed off on the agreement with Chicago Public Schools.

“We said we couldn’t solve all the problems. . .and it was time to suspend the strike,” CTU President Karen Lewis said at a news conference after the vote.

“The issue is, we cannot get a perfect contract. There’s no such thing as a contract that will make all of us” happy, Lewis said.

Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colás strikes down portions of Wisconsin Act 10 as unconstitutional

September 14, 2012

Dane County Circuit Court Judge Juan Colás issued a decision today that struck down portions of Act 10 (which took away most collective bargaining rights for public employees), declaring them to be unconstitutional. The judge ruled that several sections violated employees’ rights of free speech, association, and equal protection. His decision came in a case […]

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