Breaking: Madison Firefighters and Laborers Seek To Have Collective Bargaining Bill Thrown-Out on Quorum Grounds | Wis.Community

Breaking: Madison Firefighters and Laborers Seek To Have Collective Bargaining Bill Thrown-Out on Quorum Grounds

Today, the Madison streets department and firefighters filed the first lawsuit by any union in response to Gov. Scott Walker's bill that kills collectively bargaining rights of Wisconsin's public sector workers.

The lawsuit challenges the manner in which the vote was taken on the bill –that the bill contained fiscal elements, necessitating a 20 member quorum and that only 19 members were present when the vote was taken.

As this is the complaint phase, arguments as to why the bill contains fiscal elements and is therefore unconstitutional, have not yet been provided.

My understanding is that the plaintiffs in this suit are prepared to also bring constitutional challenges to the substance of the law when (or if) it is ever enacted.

The suit was filed on behalf on the unions by attorneys Bruce Ehlke, Katy Lounsbury and Colleen Bero-Lehman of the law firm Ehlke, Bero-Lehman and Lounsbury. I hear that the attorneys were kind enough to personally deliver the lawsuit to Gov. Walker's office. (Disclosure: Katy Lounsbury is my lovely wife.)

Published

March 25, 2011 - 3:17pm

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