Skip to comments.Judge rules Wisconsin public union members must opt in on dues
Posted on 05/19/2012 4:37:34 PM PDT by Jean S
MADISON, Wis. -- State unions were dealt a setback Friday when a federal judge said they would have to get their members to opt in, rather than opt out, to having the state deduct union dues from their paychecks.
What's more, the judge did not rule on dues deductions for unions that he earlier found the state improperly decertified. The state's largest unions were decertified, and the ruling -- at least for now -- will make it harder for them to get money from dues.
But U.S. District Court Judge William Conley gave unions one beneficial ruling by saying that members who sign up to have their dues deducted from their paychecks can be required to make a yearlong commitment. That will help unions budget because they can better know how much money they will be getting, attorneys for the unions said.
Friday's rulings came as part of a union challenge to a new law, championed by Gov. Scott Walker and other Republicans, that all but ended collective bargaining for most public workers. Conley gave the unions a partial victory in March when he ruled aspects of the new law were unconstitutional.
Specifically, he struck down a part of the law that said unions had to be recertified annually by getting a majority of all potential members to vote to keep a union, rather than simply a majority of those voting. He also struck down a provision that barred the state from deducting dues from the paychecks of those who chose to join unions.
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Your headline is misleading.
It reads as if the members have no choice.
That’s no set back for union thugs.
WHACK, BAM, WHACK!
Good point, it’s not as awesome as I originally thought.
You’re right but I didn’t write the headline.
You got that right!
I at first thought that Jean S was pro union!
WHACK, BAM, WHACK!
Two to the body and one to the head.
Wisconsin now has right to carry laws for self defense.
Suck it you union thugs!
everything should be opt-in, not opt-out.
It's just like property taxes paid for school districts for education when many privately educate their children or home school.
Years ago when I hired on to the railroad I opted out of the union and was informed by my boss that if I refused to join he had no choice but to replace me and send me home.
There are several lawsuits pending regarding this, all filed in Madison courts of course. The most important imo is the requirement that the state government has to deduct the dues from paychecks and send the money to the unions. This judge didn’t address that.
There are so many cases pending in Dane county (Madison) that I can’t keep them all straight.
Make a state law prohibiting the use of state funds, personnel, or computers for the purpose of collecting or distributing union dues.
Union dues should be paid BY THE MEMBER after they cash their checks.
“Thats no set back for union thugs.
WHACK, BAM, WHACK!
That’s how/why I joined the IAM. Thugs, all.
“everything should be opt-in, not opt-out.”
And the only info available to the union should be the $ in dues paid, not who paid the money.
heh, thanks Jean S.
Wisconsin judge rules on unions
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>If ANY entity can forcibly take money from an individual for services not rendered that is total BS.
>It’s just like property taxes paid for school districts for education when many privately educate their children or home school.
Or social security...
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