March 18th, 2011
04:58 PM ET

Wisconsin judge halts state budget law curbing unions' power

A Wisconsin judge issued a temporary restraining order Friday halting the state's controversial budget repair law that curbs the union power of most public employees, the Dane County district attorney's office said.

Gov. Scott Walker, who championed the measure and signed it into law last week, said he was confident the initiative would eventually prevail in the court system, a spokeswoman said.

"This legislation is still working through the legal process. We are confident the provisions of the budget repair bill will become law in the near future," Cullen Werwie, the governor's press secretary, said in a statement.

Wisconsin Senate Democrats called the law, which reduces the collective bargaining rights of most state employees, an attack on workers and filed a complaint with the Dane County district attorney, claiming that the Senate's Republican-led vote violated Wisconsin's open meetings law.

The ruling by Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi came in response to a lawsuit filed by District Attorney Ismael Ozanne, charging such a violation of the law.

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  1. Scottish Mama

    I was wondering is the provision that says the union cannot collect dues out of the employees paychecks illegal? It limits the unions people ability to a peaceful assembly of a like people who wish to be a part of the union. One of the ways you are part of the union is to pay and they are making obsticles so they cannot be members of this union.

    March 18, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Andrea

    The legality of the disgraceful Wisconsin "law" is highly questionable. Someday soon, Wisconsin voters will choose a governor who took the time to get a college degree and has enough common sense to consult an attorney before violating citizens' rights.

    March 18, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Maybe the voters in Wisconsin can keep him in court long enough to get the signatures for his recall

      March 18, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. meee

    Who cares its wisconsin! not like they have any real industry. .could use the public unions to make trinkets and parts now made in china. .pay em the same theyd go for it

    March 18, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Apparently not you.

      March 18, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jj

    State union workers equalmoney laundering unions take there dues then they pump all that money into dems pockets come election time! Thats the resident of wis paying for this i highly doubt the republicans residents of wis would agree with their tax money goin to these big greedy unions just a thought

    March 18, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Does your thought process include that what percentage goes to the unions. It seems the government of wisconsin gets a share, or would they have just left them alone. The state is trying to pay off debt, they are trying to take from the state union people, witch they agreed to give to the govenor. They gave there benefits up. This is about bargaining rights. And if this Govenor wanted to pay this debt off why did he give KOch a $140,000,000,00 tax break? How come the rich get a tax break. And the people and taxpayers that put into a pension have to give back benefits and now rights, Nothing makes that right no matter the spin on it. Nothing. The states spent to the hilt and never saved for the rainy day.

      March 19, 2011 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jim Davis

    We DEMAND our RIGHT to get paid more than everybody outside our powerful unions. Screw the rest of the tax payers. As long as we get ours, the rest of you can pick up the tab for us, because WE SAY SO !!
    Those dum Repuglicans can't stop us if we just keep complaining and making a big noise. They are so dum!

    March 18, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • bill

      Obviously not as DUMB as you

      March 19, 2011 at 4:29 am | Report abuse |
    • bill davis

      You're an idiot, can't spell and not related to me.

      March 19, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • ron

      Who do you really work for, Jim? The Koch brothers?

      March 20, 2011 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  6. ugogirl3

    im glad the judge took the right stance ffor the people clearly gov walker was violating the workers rights. let this be a lesson learned for any rep governor who are trying to take away unions collective bargaining. he will be voted out of office ad then here will come the recall governor walker you moron.

    March 18, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      He has spent so much time on this one issue in only this group to pay, that a year will be over soon And Walker will be seen as the shortest term do nothing in office history.

      March 19, 2011 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
  7. antiunion

    Unions are no longer needed in today's society. We have to many watchdog as it is. The unions do nothing but increase costs and only serve to make the rich union leaders richer. This is like paying a school district superintendent 400,000 dollars a year when people losing their jobs. Union presidents don't do anything but take money. It' s the people underneath that does all the work.

    March 18, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Yeah that is why the Walmarts get sued for locking the immigrant in the building at night. Because the Foxes like Koch and the walmarts cannot watch the hen house. Fact. The law are only enforced because of unions. People would not sue the bosses they want to keep their jobs. Someof you live in lala land.

      March 19, 2011 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
  8. Cesar

    @Jim Davis: Marsh Mellow pie in your face, Jim.

    March 18, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tracey

    You'd have to work in governent to understand how valuable the union is. I worked both kinds. The one with NO union representation.... meaning not everyone had to join and they were worthless. They did nothing and the pay was so UTTERLY low almost everyone I worked with had to have TWO JOBS. So what good is it to have a 40 hr work week when you have a second job doing another 25 hrs???? UNION – YES!

    March 19, 2011 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jim Davis

    Who do these brain dead Neanderthal Repuklicans think they are??? Our Unions will CRUSH anyone, even the USA if we don't get what we DESERVE. If the States goes Bankrupt, Tuff, they better FIND our money somewhere. it's ours, give it to us or we'll take it by force!!!! Love our Unions!!

    March 19, 2011 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Jim, they already gave up the benefits Walker asked for, so lets go back to the sweatshops too? Next the police and firefighters can work for room and board. Union busting is just an insult on his way to recall. If you have to pay back your rich friends Koch and the like by busting unions and the court agrees, bye bye Mr. Walker. Sounds like you are jealous because people got to bargain for their futures.

      March 19, 2011 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jim Davis

    I agree with Tracey. I used to work for peanuts in the private sector. Then I wised up and got job in Government, and left all those dummies behind. Thanks to my Superior Brain and the Unions, People who have worked and paid taxes for 40 years, are broke, and still working, meanwhile I get to retire after only 20 years with full benefits !!! Those Fools continue to endure Tax Hike after Tax Hike, just to pay my way. Idiots.... LONG LIVE OUR UNIONS !!!!!

    March 19, 2011 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
    • used to be union

      maybe government workers should not support golbal equalization, and other programs that take our jobs and give them to countries who can't figure it out on their own.

      March 19, 2011 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  12. Time to move your kids off to a different country, this one is broken.

    Time to move your kids off to a better country, this one went to hell in a handbasket. Protect your kids. This is no way to live...when corporations take over. They have no conscience. It won't work to privatize everything. There is no hope left for this country because the corporations corrupted it beyond recognition now.

    March 19, 2011 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
  13. Time to move your kids off to a different country, this one is broken.

    Divest out of corporations that are not socially responsible.

    March 19, 2011 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Time to move your kids off to a different country, this one is broken.

      Protect your water, and don't let them steal everything from you.

      March 19, 2011 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
  14. jj

    money laundering at the hands of the tax payers! Its just that simple folks

    March 19, 2011 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      As opposed to tax breaks for the wealthy? Give the multi Billionaire Bros. the tax breaks. The union gave Walker the benefit package back, union bargaining rights pay off nothing, he wants sweatshops to revive and Wisconsin says NOOOOO.

      March 19, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
    • bookfinder

      Actually, the public employees have been paying a 100% of their pension in deferred compensation. Now they'll pay 150% of their pension which =pay cut. It was never about the employees paying in, it was about the breaking the employees, breaking the unions.

      March 20, 2011 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
  15. used to be union

    I was in a union and all I could see was alot of waist and inefectiveness.
    Jobs always take longer and cost more money, like this one power plant i worked at was something like 2 years over schudle and millions over budget. I think if it was nonunion probably would not hav been able to find extra money to finnish it and the company that did the job would eat the extra costs and or file bankrupt.

    March 19, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
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