An arbitrator ordered the Madison Metropolitan School District to return a Special Education Assistant to her job with back pay and benefits, after finding that the District fired the Madison Teachers Inc. member without just cause. Attorneys Tamara Packard and Leslie Freehill represented the union to enforce its member's rights under Wisconsin's last remaining full collective bargaining agreement protecting school district employees. Packard and Freehill demonstrated that the District had failed to train the SEA as to its expectations, though the SEA had shown her capability to learn and was appreciated by the teachers who worked with her. They also showed that the principal who made the decision to terminate had blown the allegations of wrongdoing out of proportion.
On September 14, 2012, Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas ruled that significant portions of Act 10, the drastic revisions made in 2011 to the law that governed Wisconsin's public employee unions and the scope of collective bargaining, were unconstitutional. Among other things, the judge struck down Act 10's severe limitation on the unions' and municipal employers' ability to bargain wages and prohibition against bargaining other employment terms, the prohibition on dues deductions from union members' salaries, and the requirement of annual recertification elections by supermajorities. Plaintiff Madison Teachers, Inc. is represented in the case by CWPB attorneys Lester Pines,Susan Crawford and Tamara Packard.