WEAC v. Walker Updates

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The past 24 hours have seen some action in the WEAC v. Walker case over the constitutionality of Act 10.  A little less than a month ago, the federal court ordered an injunction against two portions of Act 10 – the annual recertification requirement and the ban on voluntary dues deductions from paychecks.  Since then, both the state and the public employees represented by WILL have appealed, and the state moved to stay (halt the implementation of) the court’s injunction pending that appeal.

Earlier today, the circuit court partially granted the motion to stay the injunction.  The court stayed its injunction regarding the recertification requirement with regard to all those unions that had failed to recertify prior to March 30, 2012.  The effect of this order is to maintain the status quo – those unions had decertified and were not planning on bargaining for base wage increases; they will remain decertified for the time being.

Also today, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals consolidated the appeals of the state and WILL’s clients and set a briefing schedule.  The first round of briefs will be due June 5th (falling on the day of the general recall election seems to be pure coincidence).


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