Judge Strikes Down Wis. Law Limiting Union Rights

This is such great news. Here’s hoping the decision will not be overturned on appeal.

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.


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4 Responses to Judge Strikes Down Wis. Law Limiting Union Rights

  1. Wizcon says:

    2 judges have blocked the voter ID law in WI.They deemed them unconstituional. They are being appealed but hopefully not before the election. Part of the redistricting was also blocked. Also unconstituional. Those lines have already been redrawn. Now this.
    Walker admitted before the House Oversight Committee that busting the union saved the state no money.
    He also was caught on tape saying he intended to divide and conquer. This was in response to a major donors question about what he was going to do to turn WI into a red state and a right o work state
    My hope is that this will be leverage in any further challenges to Citizens United. Walker claims the people spoke in the recall election June 3. But the amount of PAC money spent in his behalf was astronmical with a lot of misinformation. As it turns out, he convinced folks what he wanted to do was ok by making villions of teachers, the poor, the elderly and disabled.
    This news came out at the end of the day yesterday. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of reaction so far. Probably because most of the contracts are already signed. When I called my daughter, a special ed teacher, she had not heard yet. Her comment was that maybe she’d have some leverage now to make her classroom safe. It seems remodling has slowed way down and her kids are being housed in other classrooms while she runs around tothem. Some of her kids are on oxygen and extremely medically fragile. She also said that every other lightbulb in the school has been removed. She has been in school for a couple of weeks and still does not know what her wages are this year. She said they can be lowered to minimum wage conceivably. SO with fingers crossed, we move on to this election and in 2014, go after Walker again.

    Sage Reply:

    Are the judges being deemed liberal activist judges?

    If the bill isn’t saving money, what is the real purpose of the bill? What is the end game?

    I hope you are right about further challenges to Citizens United….it’s not Citizens United, it’s corporations united. Most people do not want corporations buying elections.

  2. Wizcon says:

    All judges ruling against them are deemed liberal activist judges. At the supreme court level Justice Prosser, a conservative, actually attacked one of the female justices and put his hands around her neck. It was witnessed by most of the others. At that level, they are self policing and most have had to recuse themselves because they are witnesses. Prosser is the one rnning for office a couple of years ago and initially lost. Then the Clerk in Wakesha county found” a bunch of ballots she says hadn’t been counted. (I rather not get going on her). The head of the Dept of Justice is a conservative and is trying to ram the appeal through along with the voter ID rulings.
    The purpose of the bill was to bust unions. Conservatives see unions as the democrats big source o money for elections. Included in that bill was that the state would not be responsible for with holding union dues from paycheck if the individual wanted to do that.

    Sage Reply:

    And what do they call the conservative judges who signed off on Citizen’s United? Are they activist judges as well?

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