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In other words, he can unilaterally do what he wants. Public worker rights and job security are null and void.

Walker's bill was old-fashioned union busting. State and local governments were prohibited from bargaining with public workers on anything besides cost of living pay adjustments. Healthcare, pensions, workplace safety, and other issues were off limits. 

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Brazen politicians and corrupt union bosses conspire regularly to sell out rank-and-file members for benefits they derive at their expense. 

It's commonplace across America. Chicago is its latest epicenter. Teachers hoped to save public education, their jobs, rights, and futures for city kids. School authorities and union bosses sold them out. Rank-and-file members lost out to bottom line priorities mattering most.

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What happened in Wisconsin in May 2011 repeated in new form. On September 14, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel headlined "Judge throws out Walker's union bargaining law," saying:

Dane County Judge Juan Colas returned his law "to its status before" enactment in March 2011. He ruled it violated constitutional free speech, association, and equal representation rights. It did so by capping worker raises but not those of nonunion counterparts.

He also said it violated Wisconsin's "home rule" law. It did so by illegally setting Milwaukee's pension contributions. City authorities alone have that authority in negotiations with workers.

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In his ruling, Judge Colas said:

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