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WILL Puts Madison School Board On Notice
Sends letter warning against violating Act 10
May 15, 2014, Milwaukee, WI
Today, the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) sent a letter to the Madison Metropolitan School District School Board Members, reminding them that Act 10 is still the law of the land and any governmental entity that ignores it does so at the risk of litigation. This week, it was announced that the Madison Teachers Inc. is lobbying the School Board members to extend an existing collective bargaining contract until June 2016. Because the contract contains terms that are not permitted under Act 10, this extension is almost certainly illegal. The School Board is meeting today, Thursday, at 5:30. Act 10 has been upheld by every court, except a single branch of the Dane County Circuit Court. That decision has been appealed and a decision by the Wisconsin Supreme Court is imminent. Given the weight of authority and the merits of the various arguments, there is a substantial probability that the Court will overturn the decision of the circuit court in
MTI v. Walker
. If that happens, the lower court decision would simply become null and void
as if it never occurred. Even now, the decision has no effect outside of the parties involved. The nearly 5,000 teachers employed by the School District and School Board are not involved in
MTI v. Walker.
Explains Rick Esenberg, WILL President, “
The risk of litigation if the Board extends the contract is not a theoretical one. When Milwaukee Area Technical College and the Kenosha School District violated Act 10, we filed lawsuits against both,
challenging the contracts on behalf of teachers.”
The letter to the MMSD School Board Members can be found on the next page and on the website. ****
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