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The Wisconsin Supreme Court narrowly ruled Tuesday that the state's contentious union rights law can go into effect, giving Republican Gov. Scott Walker a major victory after a long and dramatic battle.

The high court upheld Walker's law in a 4-3 vote, reflecting the partisan divide of the members.

Walker pushed the law that eliminates most of public employees' collective bargaining rights and forces them to pay more for their health and pension benefits. He says it's needed for the state to address its budget problems.

"The Supreme Court's ruling provides our state the opportunity to move forward together and focus on getting Wisconsin working again," Walker said in a statement.

The law passed in March after weeks of protests that drew tens of thousands of people to the state Capitol. But the law has been tied up in the courts since a Democrat filed a lawsuit accusing Republicans of violating the state open meetings law during the run-up to passage.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court said the judge had no authority to interfere with the legislative process.

The court ruled Tuesday just hours before the Republican-controlled Assembly was planning to start debating the state budget and possibly adding the collective bargaining provisions since the case was tied up in the court.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson wrote a blistering dissent of the court's ruling, accusing Justice David Prosser of appearing to have a "partisan slant" with his concurring opinion.

Abrahamson says the ruling was hastily reached. It came just eight days after oral arguments.

Abrahamson was joined in the dissent by Justices Ann Walsh Bradley and Patrick Crooks. In the majority were Prosser, Michael Gableman, Annette Ziegler and Patience Roggensack.



Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/06/14/wisconsins-high-court-says-controversial-union-law-can-take-effect/#ixzz1PJ2irwn3

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sugarnspice005

Jun 14 @ 10:42PM  
Walker pushed the law that eliminates most of public employees' collective bargaining rights and forces them to pay more for their health and pension benefits.

So, how is making people pay more for their health and pension benefits a good thing? Especially in this economy when people are struggling to pay bills now? I don't understand the logic of adding more expense on the American worker.

StraddleMyNose

Jun 14 @ 10:57PM  
So, how is making people pay more for their health and pension benefits a good thing? Especially in this economy when people are struggling to pay bills now? I don't understand the logic of adding more expense on the American worker
Them being state workers, the state (taxpayers) pays for a lot of their healthcare, to which employees of the private sector have to pay a little more for theirs. With state budget problems across the country being what it is, I think it's fair. And then these state workers pay their union dues to which their union uses a lot of it to support left- wing candidates. A lot of these union workers don't want their dues paid out to get these left-wing candidates elected. Their dues also go out to special interest groups.
Wordsofwit

Jun 14 @ 11:00PM  
If this holds up, the end result will be many high caliber potential teachers opting not to consider a career path in education. Isn't it hard enough already to attract good people to the teaching profession without this short sighted legislation? The children and people of Wisconsin will consequently suffer in the future.
StraddleMyNose

Jun 14 @ 11:03PM  
If this holds up, the end result will be many high caliber potential teachers opting not to consider a career path in education. Isn't it hard enough already to attract good people to the teaching profession without this short sighted legislation? The children and people of Wisconsin will consequently suffer in the future.
Hopefully, something like this will weed out the rotten teachers. A lot of kids aren't learning in the classroom like they should be.
StraddleMyNose

Jun 14 @ 11:05PM  
We also need to get rid of the Department of Education.
RevDocLove

Jun 15 @ 8:43AM  
Stupid is as stupid does

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