Ann Althouse links a post whose author David Blaska claims to have found the “smoking gun” that the teacher sick-out which closed “Madison schools for five days in February” was “an illegal, union-coordinated, illegal strike”:
Now there is proof that the sickout was a premeditated, union-authorized job action — a phone tree of teachers calling other teachers to close down the schools. This kind of activity is prohibited by the union’s own contract and illegal in WI Statute Chapter 111.84(2)(e):
It is unfair practice for an employee individually or in concert with others: To engage in, induce or encourage any employees to engage in a strike, or a concerted refusal to work or perform their usual duties as employees.
Read the whole thing which includes an e-mail about the call and audio of the call in question. I’m no expert in Wisconsin law, but Althouse teaches law at the University of Wisconsin — and saw fit to link the post.
You can bet this would get a lot more attention if an interest group allied with the GOP had tried to coordinate similar activity.