First, we had a state in deep financial trouble. Then, we had a governor and a majority of legislators who determined that public employee unions were contributing to the problem. Next, we had a crazy state supreme court election along with a state judge deciding to overrule the governor and legislators on the matter of the public unions and collective bargaining. And, most recently, we had the state supreme court tell the state judge that not only did she get the law wrong with her ruling, but she got it so wrong that the supreme court is not returning the case to her for a do-over.
Now, it gets interesting:
One day after the Wisconsin Supreme Court ordered the reinstatement of collective-bargaining legislation that potentially affects thousands of public-sector employees, a coalition of unions filed suit in federal court seeking to block it.
The Wisconsin State AFL-CIO on Wednesday joined a number of other unions seeking to halt Gov. Scott Walker’s controversial collective bargaining legislation.
The groups include the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 24, AFSCME Council 40, AFSCME Council 48, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC), the Wisconsin State Employees Union, The Wisconsin State AFL-CIO and the Service Employees International Union – Health Care Wisconsin (SEIU).
Having been apparently unable to control the lawmaking process at the state-level, the labor unions are taking their boo-boos to Uncle Sam. Uncle Sam, meanwhile, is still kicking South Carolina via the NLRB case against Boeing.
The disposition of these two union-related matters will go far to determine if states have the rights that were not delineated by the US Constitution as belonging to the federal government.