In a victory that is drawing cheers and tears from Wisconsin teachers and city workers right now, today Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas condemned embattled Governor Scott Walker’s anti-union law, saying it violates both the state and U.S. constitutions, and is null and void.
The judge said sections of Walker’s law “single(s) out and encumber(s) the rights of those employees who choose union membership … and therefore infringe(s) upon the rights of free speech and association.” Teachers, fire fighters, and the other municipal employees who challenged the law undoubtedly feel vindicated as they prevailed against Walker in court today. Early last year, Walker stripped public workers of collective bargaining rights – in effect, reducing their salary and benefits – in order to fund tax breaks and other giveaways for corporations.
A spokesman for Gov. Walker countered the ruling by saying the administration was confident Colas’ ruling will be overturned on appeal. It is unclear at this point if the ruling will take effect immediately. If the ruling stands, municipal employees in Wisconsin may be able to renegotiate their current contracts.
Enjoy tonight, as the public savors the sweet taste of victory in Wisconsin … a reward for sustaining their 19-month fight against the far-right Gov. Scott Walker. Power to the People!