Business Review Board / Apr. 11, 2016

Judge Overturns Wisconsin’s Right-to-Work Law

It’s a boneheaded ruling meant to appease unions.

Last year, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed the law that made America’s Dairyland a right-to-work state. Gone were the forced union dues. Gone was the stipulation that if a worker didn’t join the union, he or she could be fired. Yet last Friday, Dane County Circuit Court Judge William Foust overturned the law, his legal reasoning being that the right to work law amounted to unconstitutional seizure of the union’s property because workers are no longer required to pay union dues. That’s right: Judge Foust thinks unions, not the worker, are the rightful owner of the worker’s salary. It’s a boneheaded ruling meant to appease unions, and it’s certain to be appealed.

“Once again a liberal Dane County judge is trying to legislate from the bench,” said the Speaker of Wisconsin’s State House Robin Vos in a statement. “No one should be forced to join a union or pay union dues as a condition of employment. I’m confident that this decision will be reversed in a higher court and worker freedom will prevail.”

Walker and the rest of the conservatives in Wisconsin started a huge fight when they made the state right-to-work. Liberals we not going to let it end just because it was signed into law.

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