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Dane County judge strikes down collective bargaining law limiting union rights

The Associated Press & WTMJ News Team

Dane County judge strikes down collective bargaining law limiting union rights

CREATED Sep. 14, 2012 - UPDATED: Sep. 14, 2012

MADISON- 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.

The law took away nearly all collective bargaining rights from most workers and has been in effect for more than a year.

"The law for state workers likely stands, and for local workers it is entirely struck down," said Jason Stein of the Journal Sentinel to Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Afternoon News with John Mercure."

Under Walker's law, both the state and local governments were prohibited from bargaining over: health benefits, pensions, workplace safety and other work rules.

"All the bargaining powers for local employees have been returned to them," explained Stein.

A spokesperson for Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen told Stein that Van Hollen would like to appeal the decision.

 

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