Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi struck down the Wisconsin collective bargaining reforms today, following a temporary injunction she had hastily dropped before dashing off to vacation in March.
According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, a Wisconsin Justice Department official expressed disappointment that Sumi “made her decision without holding a trial, or making clear beforehand that no trial would be held.” You’d think Wisconsin taxpayers would be used to that sort of thing by now. They will no more be invited to trials than they are invited to “collective bargaining” sessions, in which their money is given away.
Judge Sumi’s decision actually had nothing to do with the reforms themselves. She struck them down on a technicality that Wisconsin’s “open meetings laws” were violated when the bill was passed. This is important, because the Wisconsin legislature is a very orderly place. An atmosphere of discipline and decorum must be maintained.
I think the judge should have given the Republican legislators a bit more credit for good faith. How were they supposed to hold an open meeting with the fleebagger Democrats? You can only fit so many people into the lobby of the Comfort Inn in Illinois.
The Journal-Sentinel quotes AFL-CIO official Stephanie Bloomingdale as saying the Republicans “broke the law” when they took the vote. “This is a democracy, not a dictatorship,” she declared, “and Judge Sumi’s decision today makes it final that the union busting bill was passed illegally and will not stand.” That’s right, you taxpaying fools! There will be no appeals for you! Commissar Bloomingdale has spoken!
Contrary to the bluster of the AFL-CIO, the state Supreme Court will decide whether or not to take up the case on June 6, and the Republicans can always try to pass the bill again. Wisconsin taxpayers can only hope that they’ll remember to bar the Capitol doors first, or maybe glue the fearless representatives of the public-employee unions to their seats.