ON-Lion Letter
In late August, the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) in Milwaukee and the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation (NRTWLDF) in Springfield, Va., filed an amicus curiae, or "friend-of-the-court," brief with the Wisconsin Supreme Court in the Act 10 litigation currently pending before it on behalf of public employees who support Act 10's changes.  Act 10 has already saved Wisconsin taxpayers more than $2 billion and freed public employees from the burden of coerced union dues or "fair-share" payments.

Act 10 has been challenged by unions, and a Dane County Circuit Court judge found that Act 10 was unconstitutional in September 2012.  That decision has been appealed and is currently pending before the Wisconsin Supreme Court, which will hear oral arguments in the case this Fall.

In its brief, WILL and NRTWLD review the history of public collective bargaining in Wisconsin and show that Act 10 is completely consistent with the state's long history of such legislation.  The Wisconsin legislature has frequently changed the balance between collective bargaining and individual bargaining, and Act 10 is simply one more instance of such change.

The brief also points out that in a related case, in which WILL and NRTWLDF also participated, the United States Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a similar challenge by unions to Act 10.  The Seventh Circuit finding that Act 10 is constitutional was a major step in beating back the unions' attempts to dismantle the structural reforms of Act 10, and the WILL-NRTWLDF brief urges the Wisconsin Supreme Court to take a similar approach and declare Act 10 constitutional.

Milwaukee's Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation supports both WILL and NRTWLDF.
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