This afternoon a federal judge in Wisconsin struck down two parts of Gov. Scott Walker’s 2011 anti-worker law that eliminated collective bargaining rights for public workers.
U.S. District Court Judge William Conley ruled against the provision that eliminated payroll deduction for public-sector workers' union dues. He also ruled against the section that required unions to win 51 percent support of all employees in units they are certified to represent during annual recertification votes, instead of the majority of employees who voted. Under the requirement of Walker's law, all those who did not vote were to be counted as "no" votes.
The judge immediately blocked the majority support in recertification vote requirement. Payroll deduction for union dues will begin again on May 12.
Phil Neuenfeldt, president of the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO, says:
This proves that Gov. Walker rammed through his radical and secret agenda without regard to the U.S. constitution, the rule of law or to what is right and fair for Wisconsin families. There is still much to be done to reverse the harm that Gov. Walker has done to nurses, teachers, snow plow drivers and other public workers. The fight to fully restore public employees’ voices on the job and a strong middle class for Wisconsin continues.
We Are Wisconsin issued the following statement:
While we're pleased that Scott Walker's transparent attempts to destroy his political opponents have been ruled illegal under the First Amendment, this ruling only raises the stakes for the upcoming recall elections. The reality remains Walker lied his way into office by concealing plans to wipe out 50 years of collective bargaining, and the fight continues until workers' rights to negotiate for fair wages and safe working conditions are fully restored.