Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Wisconsin Legislature Not in violation of Open Meeting law


The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled "...that the Legislature did not violate the Wisconsin Constitution by the process it used". The Wisconsin Supreme Court added that "concluded that Sumi exceeded her jurisdiction, "invaded" the Legislature's constitutional powers and erred in halting the publication and implementation of the collective bargaining law".

Remember folks that collective bargaining is not a right it is a contract between, in this case, the State and the union that represents State employees. As with any collective bargaining agreement they are subject to change. What was lost in this court challenge was the question if the Legislature violated the open meeting law not if the Legislature had the power to make changes to the collective bargaining agreement. Am I the only that sees the hypocrisy here in the hissing fit that Unions and the Left raised over the Legislation that removed a number of provision from the collective bargaining process?

All to often we hear about the "fat cats" getting richer or the demonizing of businesses, like Target, for contributing money to a pro-business outfit to support pro-business candidates. Yet there is nothing wrong with Unions from using their dues to support Pro-Union candidates which if elected will be sitting across the negotiation table at collective bargaining time; I am sure the elected official that received money will have the taxpayer's best interest in mind!