Court: Walker’s union restrictions voided teacher retirement

A state appeals court says Gov. Scott Walker’s public union restrictions voided retirement benefits for Neenah teachers.

Neenah schools and teachers negotiated a two-year contract in 2009 that provided a stipend and medical benefits to retiring teachers.

The contract included an evergreen clause that guaranteed the deal would continue after the contract expired.

Lawmakers passed Walker’s restrictions in 2011.

Neenah schools subsequently reduced benefits, prompting teachers to sue.

The 2nd District Court of Appeals ruled recently that the school district acted properly, finding the 2009 contract didn’t extend benefits beyond its expiration and the union restrictions voided the evergreen clause.

The teachers’ attorney, Charles Hertel, said he doesn’t believe the union restrictions invalidated pre-existing clauses and plans to appeal to the state Supreme Court.

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