Law enforcement union sues over collective bargaining law
November 14, 2012 10:30 am • ED TRELEVEN
A Wisconsin law enforcement union sued the state Tuesday over the state's collective bargaining law, alleging that the portions of the law pertaining to teachers and municipal workers that were found unconstitutional by a Dane County judge are also unconstitutional for state workers.
The lawsuit, filed in Dane County Circuit Court by the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Association (WLEA), two police officers and a field agent for the state Division of Motor Vehicles, alleges that portions of Gov. Scott Walker's collective bargaining law violates state workers' rights to speech, association, petition and advocacy under the state constitution.
The lawsuit is similar to one in which Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas ruled in September that the collective bargaining law violated the constitutional rights of teachers and municipal workers. The new suit was assigned to Circuit Judge John Markson.
In addition to constitutional violations, Colas ruled that the law created separate classes of public workers who are treated differently and unequally.