A Wisconsin judge has struck down the politically divisive state law that gutted collective bargaining rights for most public workers, the Associated Press reports.
Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas ruled today
that the law, which was championed by Gov. Scott Walker and Republican
lawmakers, violates both the state and U.S. constitutions. AP writes
that it wasn't immediately clear whether the law, enacted in March 2011,
was suspended immediately.
Unions representing Madison's teachers and Milwaukee city employees had sued to overturn the law. Walker survived a June recall attempt driven by unions.
A Walker spokesman said the state would appeal and he voiced confidence the law would be upheld.
In March, a federal judge upheld most of the law but struck down provisions
that sought to bar public unions from voluntary collecting dues through
payroll deductions and that sought to require that unions be
recertified every year.