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."
"All you need is one justice to look at it differently to have a different result."
Law Professor Paul Secunda believes otherwise, saying:
"It wouldn't be too surprising if this decision were to face a frosty reception from the conservatives on the Wisconsin State Supreme Court. This is not a court that instills a great deal of faith in people who want to see a nonpartisan, deliberative process take place."
Act 10 is further complicated by last March's federal ruling. It annulled portions of the law. Walker appealed. On September 24, the case will be argued before the Chicago-based Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Pines believes even if unions lose, Colas' ruling won't be affected. It's because both cases deal with different issues.
For now, protracted fighting over Act 10 continues. Eighteen months after its enactment, it's not clear when resolution will be achieved. According to Secunda:
"It could be resolved within the next couple of months or" could drag on for years. "I don't see the end anywhere in sight."
In the meantime, worker rights erosion continues unabated. Bipartisan complicity assures it.
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