Wisc. AG Fighting To Affirm Act 10: Ben James of Law360 ($$) writes that last week, the Wisconsin Attorney General filed a brief with the Seventh Circuit on behalf of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, asserting that the court should reject a challenge to Act 10. The brief argued that Act 10, the state’s controversial law that stripped almost all collective bargain rights from municipal workers, had already been ruled constitutional by the court in an earlier case.
“Act 10 merely prohibits municipal employers from engaging in statutory collective bargaining with their general employees over any subject other than wages. This limitation does not offend the Constitution because there is no constitutional right to engage in collective bargaining in the first instance,” the brief further contended.
Two unions have filed a suit seeking to enjoin the law on constitutional grounds, arguing in pertinent part that restrictions on negotiating voluntary agreements violates the First Amendment. Stay tuned to @LRToday, as we will certainly update you when the court issues its decision.
Dept of Job and Family Services Employees Strike: Brad Dicken of the Chronicle Telegram writes that employees of the Lorain County Dept. of Job and Family Services in Elyria, OH went on strike yesterday. The employees, represented by the United Auto Workers, have been negotiating with management officials over a new contract since last July. The strike decision was reportedly taken after an eight-hour negotiating session last Saturday bore little fruit. As is typical in these types of labor disputes, the main sticking point between the parties involves wage increases. We will keep you posted as this dispute moves toward a resolution.
Sikorsky Aircraft Workers Approve New Contract: The Associate Press reports that this past Sunday, employees at Sikorsky Aircraft in Connecticut and Florida voted overwhelmingly in favor of ratifying a new labor agreement. The employees, represented by the Teamsters union, voted 2,098 to 66 in favor of the new deal. Contract negotiations were unusually smooth, with talks beginning on November 26 and wrapping up at the end of last week.