ON-Lion Letter
With the help of attorneys from the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation (NRTWLDF) and the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL), three Wisconsin civil servants have moved to intervene in a union lawsuit against Gov. Scott Walker.  The lawsuit, filed by lawyers from the AFL-CIO and Wisconsin Education Association Council, challenges a recently enacted law that would free public employees from paying union dues just to get or keep their jobs.
 
NRTWLDF and WILL attorneys filed the motion in July in a Madison federal court for Kristi Lacroix, a Wisconsin teacher at the LakeView Technology Academy, Nathan Berish, a teacher at Waukesha West High School, and Ricardo Cruz, a trust-fund specialist at the Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds.  Although Lacroix, Berish, and Cruz are not union members, their workplaces are subject to union monopoly bargaining, which means all three employees have been forced to pay union dues and accept union "representation" to keep their jobs.

Prior to the enactment of Wisconsin Act 10, the law union officials are challenging in court, Wisconsin civil servants could be forced to pay union dues and accept union workplace bargaining as a condition of employment.  The new law prevents public-sector union officials from collecting any money from nonunion workers, restricts union monopoly bargaining to the issue of employee wages, and ends the use of taxpayer-funded payroll systems for the collection of union dues.

Lacroix, Berish, and Cruz state that union officials are infringing on their freedom of association by forcing them to associate with and contribute money to organizations they have no interest in joining.  They believe their intervention is necessary to give voice to like-minded public employees while the lawsuit is being decided.

If granted, the employees' motion to intervene would make them full participants in the suit.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports NRTWLDF and WILL.
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