Jun 15 2011
Don’t look for the unions to be able to save the Democrats at the voting booths anymore, because they lost a huge court decision in Wisconsin this week:
Acting with unusual speed, the state Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the reinstatement of Gov. Scott Walker’s controversial plan to end most collective bargaining for tens of thousands of public workers.
The court found that a committee of lawmakers was not subject to the state’s open meetings law, and so did not violate that law when it hastily approved the collective bargaining measure in March and made it possible for the Senate to take it up. In doing so, the Supreme Court overruled a Dane County judge who had halted the legislation, ending one challenge to the law even as new challenges are likely to emerge.
The liberal media focuses on the collective bargaining restrictions (which are in line with federal worker unions and probably half the rest of the states of the union). But the real killer in the bill is the fact that the government is out of the business of collecting dues automatically from state worker paychecks, and have to solicit these funds on their own with their own resources.
This will have two immediate effects. The WI unions will now have to spend money to get their dues, and many workers will opt out of paying those dues since they need the money at home. As this new arrangement spreads across the country, the unions will lose a good portion of their funds, and thus their resources to help Dems limp over the election line.
This one item, lost in the news media discussion, will reverberate for decades to come.
Update: Here is the decision