Wisconsin’s Anti-Union Law Is Fine, State Supreme Court Rules

MADISON, WI - FEBRUARY 24: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker speaks to the press outside his office at the state capital Building on February 24, 2011 in Madison, Wisconsin. Protestors have occupied the state capital building for the past ten days while the governor has tried to push through a bill that would restrict collective bargaining for most government workers. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) Photo: Scott Olson/2011 Getty Images

In completely unsurprising news, the Wisconsin Supreme Court — which has a 4–3 conservative majority — ruled yesterday that the controversial anti-union law passed in March is perfectly legal. This overturned a lower court ruling that found that Republican legislators had broken procedural rules when they gave only two hours' notice before voting on the bill instead of the required 24 hours. Or not required! The Supreme Court decided that those rules don't actually apply to the legislature, so they reinstated the law. The decision could fire up union members with about a month to go until six Republican state senators (and three Democratic senators) fight to retain their seats in recall elections.

Supreme Court reinstates collective bargaining law [Journal-Sentinel]