A state judge has overturned most of the state law pushed and signed by Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin that effectively ended the right to form unions and collectively bargain for public employees in that state. ABC News reports:
In his 27-page ruling, the judge said sections of the law “single out and encumber the rights of those employees who choose union membership and representation solely because of that association and therefore infringe upon the rights of free speech and association guaranteed by both the Wisconsin and United States Constitutions.”
Colas also said the law violates the equal protection clause by creating separate classes of workers who are treated differently and unequally.
Both of those things are clearly true. The law forbids public employee unions from bargaining over safety rules, vacation, health benefits and practically anything else. It does allow them to bargain on pay, but only within strict confines (no pay increase greater than the rate of inflation is allowed). Walker gave the predictable response:
Walker issued a statement accusing the judge of being a “liberal activist” who “wants to go backwards and take away the lawmaking responsibilities of the legislature and the governor. We are confident that the state will ultimately prevail in the appeals process.”
Congratulations, you’ve applied the predictable label of “liberal activist” to the judge. Now how about making an argument for why the judge is wrong?