Wisconsin Teachers Win Again

Wisconsin teachers Carrie Ann Glembocki and Kristi LaCroix have won their case, and teachers in Wisconsin are one step closer to freedom.  With free legal aid from the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation (of which CEAFU is a Special Project) and the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, these Kenosha teachers have paved the way for more teacher freedom in Wisconsin.  That district’s monopoly bargaining agreement was ruled to have violated Act 10, which gave teachers Right to Work privileges in 2011.

Connor D. Wolf has the story in The Daily Caller.

Carrie Ann Glembocki and Kristi LaCroix, two teachers from the Kenosha School District, filed the lawsuit in 2013 to challenge a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) which they argue violated Wisconsin state law. With legal assistance from the National Right to Work Foundation (NRTW) and the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, the two have won the case.

“The court grants summary judgment in favor of the plaintiffs on their Second Cause of Action, finding the CBAs entered into by the union defendants during November of 2013, were contrary to the provisions of Act 10 and are therefore null and void,” the court’s decision, which was obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation, declared last week.

“The lawsuit challenged bargaining agreements between the district and officials from the Kenosha Education Association union, the SEIU Local 168 union, and the AFSCME Local 2383 union,” a press release from NRTW detailed. “Those agreements required teachers and other district staff to pay union dues or fees to keep their jobs.”

As noted by a brief filed by the Plaintiffs, which was obtained by The DCNF, they were able to come to a settlement with the school district but had to continue fighting the unions.

“The school district has now acknowledged that the CBAs are void” the brief noted. “However, the union defendants continued to seek enforcement of the CBAs. The plaintiffs therefore request a summary judgment declaring that the CBAs are void.”