Actually, it wasn't union rights that were struck down as much as it was the rights of individual workers:
In their lawsuit, the unions noted they could normally ask for raises no greater than inflation under Act 10, while individual employees could seek increases of any size. They argued that differential treatment is unconstitutional, but last fall Conley found it was allowed.In other words, the Appellate judges said that cronyism and nepotism were perfectly fine in their eyes.
In practical terms, what this means is that there will be a lot more lawsuits being filed for discrimination and unfair labor practices which is going to cost taxpayers even more. So much for conservatives being fiscally responsible or people of integrity, but we already knew that.
And if the gentle reader wonders how the judges could make such an egregious indiscretion in their judgement, just look at who they are:
The decision was written by Joel Flaum, an appellate judge appointed by President Ronald Reagan. It was joined by appellate Judge Ilana Rovner, who was appointed by President George H.W. Bush, and by Virginia Kendall, who normally serves as a federal district court judge in northern Illinois and who was appointed by President George W. Bush.This story will not be as interesting as the Wisconsin Supreme Court's ruling on the Colas decision.
Constitutionally, the Colas ruling should stand. However, David "Chokehold" Prosser and his other Big Money-owned justices have already shown that they do not really care about the law.
Even though many people expect the four conservative, company-owned state justices to follow their orders and vote against the unions, even in violations of the law.
And where it will be most interesting when that ruling comes out is Milwaukee County. As I have explained before, it's a lose-lose situation for Emperor Chris Abele. He'll either have to start respecting the workers (the thought just makes him shudder) and admitting that they have rights or he will have to find the money as 1,200 workers are suddenly eligible to retire.
Add that to the other lawsuits that Abele is losing and he will have a lot of explaining to do to the voters.