Workers' Freedom

WILL has stood up for workers’ rights.  We’ve defended 2011 Wisconsin Act 10 from union attacks and have brought lawsuits forcing local governments to obey the law.  On top of that, we’ve defended Right to Work.

Open Cases

International Association of Machinists v. Allen

Wisconsin’s Right to Work law allowed employees to opt out of paying union dues on 30-days’ notice.  Unions sued, arguing that violated a federal law saying that union dues can be locked in “up to one year”.  When the Seventh Circuit agreed with the unions, we filed an amicus brief urging the full circuit to rehear the case en banc.

Closed Cases

International Association of Machinists v. Wisconsin

Unions filed a lawsuit in state court arguing that Wisconsin’s “Right to Work” law was an unlawful “taking” of their property right to non-members’ fees.  We filed amicus briefs successfully arguing in support of Right to Work.

International Union of Operating Engineers v. Schimel

Unions filed a lawsuit in federal court arguing that Wisconsin’s “Right to Work” law was an unlawful “taking” of their property right to non-members’ fees.  We filed amicus briefs successfully arguing in support of Right to Work.

Madison Teachers v. Walker

2011 Wisconsin Act 10 reformed collective bargaining for public sector employees.  Unions sued to stop it, and WILL filed amicus briefs on behalf of employees who wanted the freedom to not pay union dues.  Eventually, the Wisconsin Supreme Court declared Act 10 constitutional.

Lacroix v. Kenosha Unified School District

Kenosha was one of a few school districts to negotiate with its employee unions in violation of Act 10.  On behalf of a teacher and Kenosha taxpayer, we sued and were successful in having the collective bargaining agreement voided.

WEAC v. Walker

Unions brought this suit in federal court seeking to overturn Act 10, arguing that it made unconstitutional distinctions between general employees and public safety employees.  WILL filed amicus briefs arguing the distinction was justified and if it wasn’t, the proper fix was to remove the exemption for public safety employees.  The 7th Circuit concluded the law was constitutional.

Laborers Local 236 v. Walker

Unions brought this suit in federal court seeking to overturn Act 10, arguing that it violated public employees’ First Amendment rights.  WILL filed amicus briefs countering those arguments.  The 7th Circuit concluded the law was constitutional.

Marone v. MATC

Milwaukee Area Technical College bargained with its employee unions in violation of Act 10, despite warnings from WILL.  On behalf of an MATC instructor, we sued the school.  The college and professors’ union eventually conceded that their collective bargaining agreements were void.

Rosno v. WERC

When Judge Colas held the Wisconsin Employment Relation Commission in contempt in the Madison Teachers case for attempting to hold recertification elections, it created confusion around the state.  We sued WERC in another county, seeking a declaration that WERC must hold elections.  WERC stipulated to a judgment directing them to hold such elections, and then the supreme court vacated Colas’s contempt order.

Blaska v. MMSD / Sannes v. MMSD

The Madison Metropolitan School District negotiated with its teachers unions in violation of Act 10.  We sued to stop them, but the Dane County Circuit Court concluded that because one of the unions had won a temporary victory (which the Wisconsin Supreme Court overruled, declaring Act 10 constitutional), the collective bargaining agreement was lawful.

KEA v. WERC

After one judge ruled that the Kenosha Education Association was still subject to Act 10, KEA sought a ruling from another judge that it was not subject to Act 10.  We informed that new judge of the ongoing case and binding ruling, criticizing KEA for its blatant forum shopping.  That judge stayed the new case, eventually dismissing it.

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