The ruling on Friday by Dane County Circuit Court Judge Juan Colas stems from a challenge by unions representing Madison school teachers and Milwaukee city employees. It was unclear what immediate impact his ruling would have.
Colas ruled that eliminating collective bargaining rights for municipal employees including teachers violated the workers' right to free speech, association and equal protection.
He also ruled that the law's requirement that Milwaukee city workers make pension contributions violated a home-rule provision in the state constitution.
Several provisions "single out and encumber the rights of those employees who choose union membership and representation solely because of that association" in violation of their free speech and association rights, Colas found.
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Judges knocks down Scott Walker's assault on unions
The Republicans are whining that this is just another activist judge, but that's only because the judge ruled against them. Good news, for now.
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