Wisconsin Judge Overturns Ban on Collective Bargaining
Gov. Walker vows repeal, calls judge a 'liberal activist'
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 14, 2012 6:31 PM CDT
People stand in front of the Capital in Madison, Wisconsin, earlier this year.   (AP Photo/Barbara Rodriguez)

(Newser) – Aching for a victory, Wisconsin public unions got one today when a judge struck down most of the state's ban on collective bargaining for public workers, the Wisconsin State Journal reports. Judge Juan Colas said the controversial law violated workers' constitutional rights to freedom of speech and freedom of association. Gov. Scott Walker—who fought hard for the law—vowed to appeal and branded the judge a "liberal activist," reports the AP. Walker accused Colas of wanting "to go backwards and take away the lawmaking responsibilities of the legislature and the governor."

But Lester Pines, an attorney for Wisconsin teachers, said the ruling forces cities, towns, and school districts in the state to once again bargain with public union employees. He said the Supreme Court will likely cast the final ruling, and "what's going to happen in the interim is unknown." The law sparked a fiercely debated recall of Gov. Walker, who not only held office but became America's first governor to win a recall election.

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Sep 15, 2012 6:37 PM CDT
Scott Walker is a fanatic pussy. He is a "reactionary activist" like Paul Ryan, Rick Perry and AG Greg Abbott in TX. Christian freaks that do not believe in personal freedom and our Constitution. Greg Abbott spends public money on frivilous lawsuits that only he believes in. Cornhole all these losers in November.
Sep 15, 2012 12:55 PM CDT
I would expect huge amounts of money to be used to character assasinate this judge as quickly as possible.
Sep 15, 2012 12:28 PM CDT
Here's your union free world as discribed by Rmoney. http://politicalwire.com/archives/2012/09/15/hidden_video_shows_romney_at_a_fundraiser.html