Court upholds historic collective bargaining reform law in Wisconsin…

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This is from Joe For America.

It is about time a court ruling got things right.

The Damned Unions have bled industry and America too long.

MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s 2011 law curtailing collective  bargaining privileges for most state employees was once again upheld in federal  court this week, further dissolving Big Labor’s legal arguments against the  law. U.S.  District Court Judge William Conley dismissed a lawsuit Wednesday initiated by  two Wisconsin unions that claimed the law, known as Act 10, violated free speech  and equal protection clauses of the U.S. Constitution, the Leader-Telegram reports.

In his ruling, Conley wrote Act 10 doesn’t violate the constitution because  it doesn’t bar public employees from associating with their union or hinder  their union’s ability to speak out. Laborers Local 236 and the American  Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 60 – the plaintiffs in  the case – “failed to state a claim for relief under either the First or  Fourteenth Amendments,” Conley wrote.

“Under Act 10, general employees remain free to associate and represented  employees and their unions remain free to speak; municipal employers are simply  not allowed to listen,” Conley wrote, according to the news site.

In a separate but related lawsuit last year, Conley ruled some provisions of Act 10  unconstitutional, specifically an annual union recertification requirement and  the end to automatic dues deductions. That ruling, however, was overturned by  the 7th U.S. District Court of Appeals, according to media  reports.

Conley’s recent ruling means Act 10 has thus far survived all legal  challenges in the federal courts, although another state lawsuit is pending  before the Wisconsin Supreme Court and many believe Big Labor will appeal this week’s federal  court decision.

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said Wednesday’s ruling serves as  vindication for Act 10, and he expects a similar outcome on the state court  level.

“This case proves, once again, that Act 10 is constitutional in all respects  and that the challenges to the law are baseless,” Van Hollen wrote in a prepared  statement, according to The Business Journal of Milwaukee. “I  appreciate decisions like this that follow the law, and I look forward to  bringing the remaining state court challenges before the Wisconsin Supreme  Court, where we expect Act 10 to be upheld once again.”

There is no timeline for the state Supreme Court Case, the Leader-Telegram  reports.

Katy Lounsbury, union attorney in the federal case, said she’s unsure if her  clients will appeal Conley’s decision.



Mukwonago school district defies state order to change its Native American nickname for politically correct purposes

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This is from Joe For America.

I am glad to hear that the Mukwonago  School Board is standing

up and refusing to be bullied by the PC Crowd.

MUKWONAGO, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has given the Mukwonago school district an Oct. 8 deadline to change the American Indian nickname and logo for its athletic teams.

Mukwonago-logo1The Mukwonago school board recently voted 8-1 to refuse the department’s order.

Good for the school board. It appears to be representing the views of a large majority of local residents, including Native Americans. The media reports we’ve read offer no evidence that Indians living in the Mukwonago area have any objection to the historic nickname, and that should be the bottom line.

The DPI is acting on a state law that allows state officials to force schools to drop race-based nicknames, logos and mascots if someone complains and the tribe that the nickname is borrowed from has not consented.

The order for Mukwonago to change its nickname to something other than “Indians” came in October, 2010.

Two parents challenged the decision in Waukesha County Circuit Court a few years ago and won a temporary victory. But an appeals court overturned that decision in January and the Wisconsin Supreme Court recently decided against hearing an appeal.

That prompted the DPI to send a letter to the district in June, demanding that its original order be honored by Oct. 8. According to the law, the school district can be fined anywhere between $100 and $1,000 every day it defies the order.

“The Department reminds the district of its obligations … to take steps reasonably calculated to create a school environment free of race-based harassment or discrimination,” the DPI wrote to the school.

We’ve seen no news reports suggesting that there has been any “race-based harassment or discrimination” in the district due to the continued use of the “Indians” nickname.

School officials argue that the district has used the nickname for more than 100 years, making it a source of tradition and pride for all local residents from all racial backgrounds. They say they have gone out of their way to treat local American Indian history with respect, and require incoming freshman to take a course on the subject.

Samuel Hall, the district’s attorney, argued that a change in nicknames would cost Mukwonago schools about $100,000, a cost that would include necessary alterations to athletic uniforms, diplomas, banners, academic medals and other materials.

“The use of the Indians nickname and associated logo have been and continue to be a source of pride related to the local history of the Mukwonago area,” Hall was quoted as saying. “Further, the district believes that decisions regarding the use of nicknames and logos are best left to local elected officials who better understand local history.”

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