On August 5, 2014, the Wisconsin Supreme Court denied a Petition for Review, filed by Marinette County, which sought review of a Wisconsin Court of Appeals decision in favor of AFSCME. The Court of Appeals had held that an Arbitrator’s interpretation of the parties’ collective bargaining agreement was reasonable, and her award properly extended the terms of that agreement by one year. The Court of Appeals also had rejected the County’s claim that the Arbitrator had exceeded her authority by manifestly disregarding the law in fashioning the Award. Union leaders estimate that the Court’s decision preserved well in excess of $100,000.00 in retirement benefits for its members, which the County sought to escape paying by its multiple appeals of the Arbitrator’s Award.
Attorneys Aaron Halstead and Colin Good represented AFSCME and its member in briefs filed with the Wisconsin Supreme Court.