Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas ruled Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s anti-union-bargaining law to be unconstitutional under Wisconsin law and the U.S. Constitution. Walker doesn’t seem too concerned:
“The people of Wisconsin clearly spoke on June 5th. Now, they are ready to move on. Sadly, a liberal activist judge in Dane County wants to go backwards and take away the law-making responsibilities of the legislature and the governor,” Walker said in a statement. “We are confident that the state will ultimately prevail in the appeals process.” Source: Politico
The case will, inevitably, end up in the Wisconsin Supreme Court where that highly partisan and political body—with the majority firmly in the camp of Governor Walker—is almost a sure bet to overrule the lower rule’s decision.
In the meantime, the impact of the ruling on existing union agreements remains unclear.
While the unions will seek to have the court’s decision take effect immediately, thus clearing the way to a return to the collective bargaining table in the state, the Walker administration will surely seek a stay pending review by the highest court in the state.
When a Leftist writer says a “highly partisan and political” court might rule in favor of the Right, that translates to the ruling coming down in favor of the U.S. Constitution.