ON-Lion Letter

In early June, in a case brought by the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) and the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation (NRTWLDF), Lacroix v. Kenosha School District, the Kenosha Unified School District (KUSD) and the Kenosha School Board agreed to a stipulation that declares their collective-bargaining agreements (CBAs) null and void.  KUSD will also have to pay attorney fees to WILL and is prohibited from forcing its non-union employees to pay union dues, a so-called “fair share” provision.  Last Fall, WILL and NRTWLDF filed the lawsuit against KUSD, the board, and its unions, over a CBA that violated state law, Act 10.

“Our agreement with KUSD is a win for our clients, for teachers’ rights, for taxpayers, and for the rule of law," according to WILL president and general counsel Rick Esenberg.  "We’re pleased that the Kenosha Schools have recognized that they made an error in negotiating with their unions and implementing collective bargaining agreements that so clearly violated Act 10.”

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Kristi Lacroix, a taxpayer who objected to her money being spent illegally, and a public-school teacher who objected to her rights under Act 10 being taken away.  “I argued from day one that taxpayer money was being spent illegally to support collective bargaining agreements negotiated behind closed doors between the unions and school district," Lacroix said.  "This activity is prohibited under Act 10 and I am glad to see taxpayer rights prevail.”

As part of the agreement, the plaintiffs agreed to dismiss their claims against the board, board members, and the district.  They also agreed to not challenge any future unilateral act by the board to replace the pay provisions of the CBA.

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

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