BREAKING: Wisconsin Judge Strikes Union Busting Bill

A Dane County circuit judge issued a ruling Thursday morning striking down the recently passed law that eradicates most collective bargaining rights from Wisconsin public sector workers.

Judge Maryann Sumi ruled that Republican legislators violated Wisconsin’s open meetings law during the run-up to the passage and that such a move rendered the law void.

It is unclear what immediate effect Judge Sumi’s decision will have on the law.  The Wisconsin Supreme Court has until June 6 to decide if it will take up the same matter, and lawmakers could also pass the law again, this time in accordance with the open meetings law.

The bill has become a focal point of Gov. Scott Walker’s legacy in Wisconsin and many viewed the state’s fight as emblematic of the larger Republican battle to privatize nearly every aspect of government function.

Any ruling will likely be appealed, but in the short term this is at least a symbolic victory for all those battling against the Republican war on the middle class.


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Jeffrey W.
Jeffrey W.4 years ago

Unlike Jessica, I actually do know what I'm talking about. And as I said would happen, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled the bill was legally passed. It went even further, in ruling ab initio rather than a remand back to the lower court. In other words, rather than sending the case back to the lower court, it completely invalidated and reversed the very biased and wrong ruling of the lower court. In fact, the Supreme Court wrote:

“one of the courts that we are charged with supervising has usurped the legislative power which the Wisconsin Constitution grants exclusively to the legislature.”

Doug D.
Doug D.4 years ago

@William G., maybe not, but I can think of some companies who's CEO got the job from their daddy....

Tom Y.
Tom Y.4 years ago

Vivianne Mosca-Clark ... you're mixing your Enemy Stereotypes!

"The ultra rich want a christen lead way of life with women being under men and having their whole life ran by them. No education for the females and only the 'top dogs' can do anything."

You don't associate with the "Ultra-Rich," and you're assuming those scary Christians neighbors you aren't acquainted with want a Shari'a society. BUT HOW DO YOU KNOW?!

As to the decision handed down in Wisconsin, it's either due to a bad legislative draft or a partisan judge. Neither has any justification!

Charlotte A.
Charlotte A.4 years ago

Go Wisconsin Go! That's people power in action

Susan M.
Susan McKinnon4 years ago

Bravo Wisconsin. Keep up the good work. You have landed a blow that is being felt across the nation, waking up a few of the politicians and voting out a few. Makes many of us proud. Onward and Upward.

Joshua I.
Joshua I.4 years ago

Keep It Going WISCONSIN, and try a little harder, You Are WINNING, and the powers of heaven-above is on your side...

Vivianne Mosca-Clark

All people need to live with justice and dignity.
Until we stop the 'stuff' we will have to deal with the very rich running our lives.
Get a grip. When the health bill was being made, it was already known it would be modified to make it work with all the parts of it.
The ultra rich want a christen lead way of life with women being under men and having their whole life ran by them. No education for the females and only the 'top dogs' can do anything. The rest of the men would be 1 step above the females.
The peoples history changed to reflect God was in control and any one that thinks different will be silenced. I know Christens that don't go along with this program, but they haven't changed the agenda.
Again.....all people need to live with justice and dignity.

William G.
William G.4 years ago

Can you think of a business where the employees are allowed to vote in owners or CEO's? There should be no unions for the public sector workers as the elected officials cave to union demands. Unions are only after money and power, they could care less about their members.

Valarie S.
Valarie Snell4 years ago

good news!

john hall
john hall4 years ago

Ana G. and Richard S. i cant wait for the day when your forced to buy this garbage health care because thats what it is garbage . i want and every american should want the same health care that the pres and politicians have . if this damn health care is so good how come they have excluded themselves from it along with the unions and so many others .