Wisconsin Chamber Files Amicus Brief to Overturn Dane County Judge
MADISON – Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, the state’s chamber of commerce, is asking an appeals court to restore Right-to-Work in Wisconsin and reverse a Dane County judge who found the workplace freedom law to be unconstitutional.
WMC Senior Vice President of Government Relations Scott Manley said:
“Wisconsin businesses and workers need clarity on the applicability of Right-to-Work, and they deserve to have a law that was duly passed by the Legislature remain in effect. We cannot allow an activist judge in Dane County to create widespread confusion among employers and employees through a decision that is not supported by law, and that will not withstand scrutiny under appellate review. WMC strongly advocated for Right to Work last year, and we will strongly defend this important reform that improves our business climate and provides workers with the freedom of choice.”
In April, Dane County Circuit Court Judge William Foust struck down Wisconsin’s right-to-work law, asserting that labor unions have a property right to employees’ wages. That argument has been rejected by multiple courts. Attorney General Brad Schimel has appealed the Foust ruling in District 3 of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals in Wausau.
WMC is being represented in the litigation by the law firm Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. That firm helped successfully defend Indiana’s Right to Work law in challenges before the Indiana Supreme Court and the 7th Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals.