Judge Strikes Down Wisconsin Collective-Bargaining Law


A law that would strip public workers of the right to collectively bargain was struck down today in Wisconsin.

After the state's Republican Gov. Scott Walker survived a recall effort in June, it seemed the culmination of more than a yearlong partisan battle over a series of laws he helped pass.

Instead, a Wisconsin judge struck down the controversial law, which would have ended collective bargaining for most public workers in that state. Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas ruled that the law violated the constitutions of Wisconsin and the United States and is effectively null and void.

Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie told the Associated Press that the administration was confident the decision would be overturned on appeal. The AP reports that it is not yet clear if the law is suspended effective immediately.

Protesters numbering in the thousands took to the Wisconsin state Capitol building in February 2011, refusing to leave in protest of Walker's push to pass the collective-bargaining law.