Whoa, I did not expect this…
Not a total victory but still good news:
Gov. Scott Walker’s law repealing most collective bargaining for local and school employees was struck down by a Dane County judge Friday, yet another dramatic twist in a year and a half saga that likely sets up another showdown in the Supreme Court.
The law remains largely in force for state workers, but for city, county, and school workers the decision by Dane County Judge Juan Colas returns the law to its status before Walker signed the legislation in March 2011.
Colas ruled that the law violated workers’ constitutional rights to free speech, free association and equal representation under the law by capping union workers’ raises but not those of their nonunion counterparts. The judge also ruled that the law violated the “home rule” clause of the state constitution by setting the contribution for City of Milwaukee employees to the city pension system rather than leaving it to the city and workers.
Here’s a PDF of the ruling
Good job to MTI (the Madison Teacher’s Union) and Public Employees Local 61 (a union for employees of the city of Milwaukee)
Not that this should surprise anyone, but Governor Walker showed a complete lack of class and immediately attacked the judge involved in the case (the Governor could have disagreed and vowed to appeal):
In a statement, Walker called Colas a “liberal activist judge” who “wants to go backward and take away the lawmaking responsibilities of the Legislature and the governor.”
“The people of Wisconsin clearly spoke on June 5,” Walker said. “Now, they are ready to move on.”
Pines ripped Walker’s response, saying Walker and his allies “have no respect for the judiciary. The governor is attempting to systematically undermine respect for the courts,” he said, by implying political bias.
He said Walker should simply admit he lost despite having law firm Michael Best & Friedrich defend the law at a cost of $500,000, but Walker “doesn’t have the class to say ‘maybe I did something wrong.’”
Certainly the decision will be appealed, but still. Good news.
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