Dane County Circuit Court judge’s wrongheaded ruling creates legal uncertainty, but National Right to Work attorneys remain confident that law will be ultimately upheld
Springfield, VA (May 18, 2016) – Responding to a recent Dane County Circuit Court judge’s decision against Wisconsin’s Right to Work law, National Right to Work Foundation and Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL) attorneys have filed an amicus curiae (‘friend of the court’) brief in support of the State’s motion to stay pending before the Wisconsin Court of Appeals. The motion calls on the court not to allow the lower court’s erroneous ruling against the Right to Work law to take effect while the decision is being appealed.
Mark Mix, president of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, released the following statement on the filing:
“Wisconsin employees should not be forced to pay union dues to get or keep a job. That vital principle was enshrined in Wisconsin’s Right to Work law, a measure that is legally supported by decades of court decisions affirming a state’s right to protect its citizens from compulsory unionism. One outrageous ruling from Dane County doesn’t change those facts.
“National Right to Work Foundation and WILL attorneys have just filed a brief urging the Wisconsin Court of Appeals to grant the state’s motion to stay, which would put the Dane County Circuit Court ruling on hold while the matter is on appeal. In the meantime, the National Right to Work Foundation is renewing its offer of free legal assistance to any Wisconsin employees who wish to refrain from paying dues to unions they don’t belong to or support.”
Wisconsin employees seeking free legal aid can contact the National Right to Work Foundation via phone at 1-800-336-3600 or online at www.nrtw.org.