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Judge Rejects Wisconsin Union Law

A Wisconsin judge struck down on Friday the state's controversial collective bargaining law pressed by Republican Governor Scott Walker (pictured), ruling that it unconstitutionally limits the rights of many public sector union workers. Walker responded to the ruling by saying that a “liberal activist judge in Dane County” wanted to take away the lawmaking responsibilities of the legislature and governor. “We are confident that the state will ultimately prevail in the appeals process,” Walker said in a statement. Dane County Circuit Court Judge Juan Colas ruled that the law passed by Wisconsin lawmakers in a contentious session in 2011 violated the union members' free speech, association and equal protection rights in the state and U.S. constitutions/Reuters. More here.

Question: Any lessons here for Idaho?

Bill Targets Public-Sector Negotiations

Idaho Sen. Shirley McKague of Meridian, pictured, introduced a bill Friday that would prohibit collective bargaining by all public-sector employees. The prohibition would apply to public school teachers, firefighters and other public employees at all levels of state and local government. McKague made it clear she wanted the bill introduced for discussion purposes. However, she held out the possibility it would be brought back next session. … McKague's bill indicates public employees would be free to join labor organizations, but it prohibits collective bargaining for rates of pay, hours of employment, work conditions or other employment matters. It would also be illegal to go out on strike/William L. Spence, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Should Idaho pass McKague's law to ban public-sector employees from collective bargaining?

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