Local Union Leaders React to Supreme Court Ruling

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The State of Wisconsin is coming to grips with a decision made by the high court overnight

The decision allows workers to choose whether to pay union dues, but labor groups worry it will strip unions of power. 

Local Five reached out to local union leaders for comment on the decision.

Detective Craig Pakkala of the Green Bay Police Department is the President of the Green Bay Professional  Police Association. He sent Local 5 this statement:

“The Green Bay Protective Police Association Board of Directors has been discussing this case for some time and have prepared for the outcome.  Fortunately, the vast majority of our nearly 170 members have decided to remain members of our Association.  Unfortunately, this decision will no doubt have an effect on law enforcement as a profession.  It has become increasingly difficult to recruit and retain law enforcement positions across the country, including Green Bay.  A decision such as this, coupled with Wisconsin’s Act 10 ruling, makes being a police officer even less attractive for qualified applicants.”  

Local Five also reached out to Justin Delfosse, President of the Green Bay Education Association, for comment. 

He said in part, “Because our educators unite to advocate for their students profession in public schools, no legislation can take away our right to join together in the best interests of students and education.”

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