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Unions declared victory. According to Madison teachers union attorney Lester Pines:

"The decision essentially creates the (2011) status quo for municipal employees and school district employees because it declared the essential provisions of Act 10 to be unconstitutional."

Act 10 is Walker's law. Pines expects litigation to remain ongoing. He's "confident that this law is unconstitutional and will remain" so.

In other words, he's saying they can renegotiate for rights Walker annulled. He, in turn, may seek a stay pending the Supreme Court's ruling. 

At this point, everything's up for grabs. If Wisconsin's Supreme Court upholds Colas, it's back to square one. Significant changes in pay, benefits and work rules will be null and void. If so, it's a major worker victory. Achieving it is by no means assured. 

Both parties and labor unions support social cuts in Wisconsin and across America. They long ago capitulated to wealth and power interests. They lost their souls in the process. 

Democracy in America is none at all. Sham and sellout substitute for standing tall for what's right. Last year, Wisconsin unions and corrupt politicians showed why. Now it's the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU). Worker rights are fast disappearing.

CTU officials agreed to a Chicago Versailles. So did Wisconsin's AFL-CIO, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), and NEA-affiliated Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC).

It doesn't surprise. It's de rigueur across America. Workers have been ill represented for decades.

Wisconsin union bosses agreed to all Walker cuts provided he maintained the automatic dues check-off. It pays their high salaries. They added a sweetener to persuade him. They agreed to end anti-Republican opposition. 

Democrats are no different. They support anti-worker measures provided what's done doesn't undermine union support. Double-dealing duplicity leaves workers high and dry on their own. Conditions in America grow grimmer. It's no fit place to live in.

Occasional pro-worker lower court rulings change nothing. Wisconsin's Supreme Court is conservative. Odds are it'll support Walker like last year.

Surprises are always possible. Don't bet on them. Workers have been marginalized for decades. Hope still springs eternal. 

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel quoted former Wisconsin Supreme Court justice Janine Geske calling issues at stake now "much more fundamental" than last year.

At that time, process was contested, not constitutional rights. "Can you treat non-represented employees differently than employees represented by a union," she asked? "That impacts school boards all over the state."

As a result, perhaps the High Court will surprise, she believes. "I do think you could have a very different decision because the issues are very different," she said. "Yes, I think it's going to be a split on the court, but you never know."

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