In a surprising turn of events it appears that the Wisconsin legislature’s measures to control public sector union bargaining rights may go into effect after all.
The drama over Gov. Scott Walker’s controversial measure limiting public sector collective bargaining took another turn Friday when the Legislative Reference Bureau published the law – the last step before it takes effect.
The law, which would severely curb collective bargaining rights for most public employees, has been stuck in court ever since the governor signed it two weeks ago. Officials have challenged whether Republicans violated state law in passing the measure.
A restraining order prevented Secretary of State Doug La Follette from publishing the law earlier. But the state constitution says laws must be published before they can take effect; it does not specify by whom.
The governor and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, said flatly Friday that the law will take effect on Saturday.
“The administration will carry out the law as required,” said the administration in a statement.
Under state statutes, the secretary of state is required to set a publication date no more than 10 working days after a law is signed. A related statute requires the Reference Bureau — the Legislature’s nonpartisan drafting and research agency — to publish legislation within 10 days of enactment.
You can expect the usual howls of outrage from the left. Expect plenty of “fascist” and a fair amount of “dictator.” Who knows, the death threats might even start up again. What I do know is that the left would have used this same tactic if the shoe were on the other foot. It is time for this law, passed by elected representatives of the people, to take effect.
And if you do not believe that the public does not support measures to rein in the out of control benefits that are the result of the collective bargaining process for public sector unions, you can add the State of New Hampshire and the City of Los Angeles to the list of state and local governments to pass union reform since Wisconsin first attempted to pass theirs. Yet Wisconsin still receives all of the attention.
Why? Because the left is busy creating boogeymen in both Scott Walker and the Koch Brothers. The concessions in the Wisconsin bill are no worse than those that are being debated in other states. And more importantly, even after the bill is passed public sector unions will still have more rights and better benefits than the federal government. But I guess saying “fascist,” “war on unions,” and “assault on teachers” is easier than doing five minutes of research.