June 22, 2012
Public sector unions dealt another blow
This time by the U.S. Supreme Court. Samuel Alito said that SEIU had a duty to seek approval before using the money of non-members. It is not enough to return money to the non-members later. This action was, according to Sam, an aggressive use of power to collect fees from non-members and is indefensible. SEIU violated the First Amendment. Any new dues assessment must start over.
We need a longer look at this decision, but the message seems to be, in part, that corporations are people and unions are not.
Say again: So you think you had a bad morning? How about Milwaukee-based law firm of Quarles and Brady. Yikes. Accused of becoming part of a Ponzi scheme, the law firm has settled for $26.5 million! A New York firm has agreed to pay $61 million to settle related claims. I'll venture a guess that the year-end party will be modest.
Peter Barca, a rational and smart legislator, seems to be trying to have us believe that the recall vote was not as bad as it seems. Barca is convinced that just because some people voted for Walker does not mean they support his policies. Really? Peter thinks that people just didn't like the idea of recalls. Well, who decided to plunge forward with the recall strategy? Who called it a mistake?
I predict a very lively debate at Fighting Bob Fest.
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