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Judge Strikes Down Two Anti-Worker Ariz. Laws

Chalk one up for Arizona’s workers and put another black mark up for state legislators obsessed with attacking workers and their unions for their corporate sponsors. A federal judge yesterday ruled 2011 laws on paycheck deception and restricting workers’ right to picket were unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow struck down both laws, which, by the way, were drafted by extremist American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and the equally far-right Goldwater Institute, according to Blog for Arizona.com.

The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) and the Arizona Education Association challenged the laws and UFCW spokesman Bob Grossfeld said the unions “tried to tell the legislature what they were doing was unconstitutional, but they just didn’t listen.” 

The outcome didn’t come as a big surprise to blogger AZBlueMeanie, because the legislature regularly has trouble matching legislation with law.

Arizona's Tea-Publican controlled legislature is a lawless legislature; they do whatever they please without regard for the Constitution or the rule of law. Many of them suffer under the delusion that 'I AM the law!' As a result, nearly every piece of substantive legislation passed by our lawless legislature winds up in court where, far more often than not, the courts hand them a smack-down for their lawless conduct. And we the taxpayers get the 'privilege' of paying for their legal fees and costs.

It doesn’t appear the legislature is learning from its mistakes. Similar anti-workers legislation is moving through the legislature. See you in court.

Read more from the Arizona AFL-CIO.  

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