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Wisconsin Collective Bargaining Law Struck Down

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Posted on Sep 15, 2012
Matt Baran (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Public workers protest in Madison, Wis., in early 2011.

A Wisconsin judge Friday repealed the state law supported by Gov. Scott Walker that ended collective bargaining rights for most public workers for more than a year. The law led to the effort to repeal Walker, which failed.

After a lawsuit brought by the Madison teachers union and a union for Milwaukee city employees, Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas said that the law runs afoul of the state and U.S. constitutions. A spokesman for Walker said he was confident the decision would be overturned on appeal.

—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.

The Associated Press via The Guardian:

“We believe the law is constitutional,” said Dana Brueck, a spokeswoman for the Department of Justice.

… The proposal was introduced shortly after Walker took office in February last year. It resulted in fierce opposition and led to large protests at the state capitol that lasted for weeks. All 14 Democratic state senators fled the state to Illinois for three weeks in a failed attempt to stop the law’s passage from the Republican-controlled legislature.

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