On Friday, in Laborers Local 236 v. Walker, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit rejected a constitutional challenge to Wisconsin’s Act 10, a controversial law restricting the collective bargaining rights of public employee unions. Specifically, the Seventh Circuit rejected the claim that the law’s limitations on collective bargaining violated union members’ First Amendment rights of association and to petition the government. The Journal- Sentinel has more here.
This was the second constitutional challenge to the controversial measure rejected by the Seventh Circuit. In early 2013, the Seventh Circuit also rejected union claims that Act 10 violated the Equal Protection Clause. Whether or not these reforms made for good policy, the Seventh Circuit has been quite skeptical of arguments they are unconstitutional.