Teachers ask state court to uphold legislation protecting most state employees from forced unionism
Madison, WI (February 6, 2013) – Three Wisconsin public school teachers filed a brief in the Wisconsin Court of Appeals last week supporting Governor Walker's public sector union reform bill, known as "Act 10."
Elmbrook School District educator Elijah Grajkowski, Kenosha teacher Kristi Lacroix, and Waukesha high school teacher Nathan Berish filed the amici curiae brief with free legal assistance from the National Right to Work Foundation and the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty.
The case is a legal challenge brought in Dane County Circuit Court by union officials from Public Employees Local 61 and Madison Teachers, Inc., a local affiliate of the National Education Association (NEA).
In their brief, the teachers argue that the Wisconsin Court of Appeals should overturn the lower court's ruling that held that Act 10 is unconstitutional. The teachers' arguments in the brief rely on precedents long established by National Right to Work Foundation-won cases at the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as recent Foundation-supported victories at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, which upheld all of Act 10, and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, which upheld Indiana's recently-enacted Right to Work law.
Meanwhile, two other Wisconsin public servants – Christopher King and Carie Kendrick – have also filed an amicus brief opposing a union legal challenge to Act 10 in another federal court.
"Once again, courageous Wisconsin public servants who want nothing to do with union bosses' so-called 'representation' have stepped forward to protect these vital reforms," said Mark Mix, President of the National Right to Work Foundation. "No worker should be forced to pay union dues just to get or keep a job, which is why Wisconsin should pass a private-sector Right to Work law, ensuring that all Badger State employees are free of forced unionism."