Judge Strikes Down Wis. Law Limiting Union Rights

By: The Associated Press, WIFR
By: The Associated Press, WIFR

WISCONSIN (WIFR) -- A Wisconsin law that caused much uproar among public employees last year has been struck down by one judge.

The law championed by Governor Scott Walker that ended collective bargaining rights for public workers has been ruled unconstitutional by one Wisconsin judge.

When the law was first proposed in March 2011, thousands flooded the Wisconsin Capitol building in Madison for three weeks of protests. Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas ruled that the law violates both the state and U.S. Constitutions. It is not clear at this time whether this will suspend the law or not.

"The workers in Wisconsin are finally vindicated," said Garry Cacciapaglia, AFSCME 1058 President of Rockford municipal employees. "We feel that this was something that's been watched throughout the nation, and you know, I just think this can build momentum to start moving things in a different direction."

The new ruling comes after a lawsuit was filed by the Madison Teachers Union and a Milwaukee city employees union. Walker released a statement saying he is confident the decision will be overturned on appeal.

The law has been in effect for about a year. It requires most state workers to pay more for their pension and health insurance, and it limits pay raises.



MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin judge has struck down the state law championed by Gov. Scott Walker that effectively ended collective bargaining rights for most public workers.

Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas ruled Friday that the law violates both the state and U.S. Constitution and is null and void. The ruling comes after a lawsuit brought by the Madison teachers union and a union for Milwaukee city employees.

Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie says he is confident the decision will be overturned on appeal.

It was not clear if the ruling means the law is immediately suspended. The law took away nearly all collective bargaining rights from most workers and has been in effect for more than a year.


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