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Battle over Union Power in WI Shifts to Courts

Days after Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) signed the bill that had cast Madison into a state of chaos for weeks, the battle over public employee union power shifted to the state's courts. And the workers won the first skirmish, when Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi issued a temporary restraining...

'Referendum' on Union Rights Still Too Close to Call in WI

A new front opened last Tuesday in Wisconsin's month-long battle over union rights, which moved to the courts two weeks ago. (See Battle Over Union Power in WI Shifts to Courts ) The state held an election for Supreme Court justice, which pit Democrat-backed challenger Assistant Attorney General...

Prosser Victory in Wis. Supreme Court Recount OK'd

MADISON Wis. - (AP) Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser's victory over challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg has been certified by the state board that oversees elections. The Government Accountability Board on Monday certified results of a statewide recount that showed the incumbent Prosser...

Union Power Struggle Still Not Over in WI

Things have quieted down a bit in Madison, Wisconsin since March, when the state's Republican majority pushed a bill through the Legislature curbing the collective bargaining rights of most public employees amid raucous protests. But the battle over union power in the state continues. Last month...

WI High Court Reinstates Union Rights Law

Last week, The Wisconsin Supreme Court spared the state's Republican lawmakers from having to do what many were hoping to avoid: passing the collective bargaining bill that had touched off weeks of protests in Madison earlier this year a second time. In a 4-3 decision split along the court's...

Guns In the Workplace: Implications of Open-Carry Laws

Prof. Stephen Bainbridge makes a great argument against state laws that permit employees to store guns in their cars. In his post, Guns vs. At-Will Employment , Prof. Bainbridge discusses a recent decision by the Kentucky Supreme Court interpreting that state's gun laws. In its opinion, the Court...

Judge Strikes Down WI Collective Bargaining Law

A county judge in Wisconsin has struck down most of the law Gov. Scott Walker (R) signed last year that restricted public employees' collective bargaining rights and sparked mass protests in Madison. Dane County Circuit Court Judge Juan Colas said the provisions of the law prohibiting union...

Face the Bloggers: Employment and labor questions for the candidates (Ryan)

This week, several of us bloggers ( Dan Schwartz , Donna Ballman , Eric Meyer , Jon Hyman , and I) will be choosing a debate question on a labor and employment law topic for each of the Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates. DISCLAIMER: I have tried to ask an "adversarial" question...

Wisconsin Supreme Court Backs Walker, Upholds Anti-Union Law

The Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld a controversial 2011 law championed by Gov. Scott Walker (R) that essentially bars collective bargaining for public employee unions. Unions had challenged the law, calling it unconstitutional. But by a 5-2 decision, the state's high court disagreed. As reported...