Wisconsin judge strikes down collective bargaining restrictions
May 26th, 2011
12:31 PM ET
3 years ago

Wisconsin judge strikes down collective bargaining restrictions

(CNN) - A Wisconsin judge struck down that state's controversial new collective bargaining law Thursday, ruling that GOP legislators failed to provide sufficient public notice before passing the measure this year.

Judge Maryann Sumi had previously issued a temporary restraining order to prevent the measure from taking effect.

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  1. Darko

    Technicality. Nothing about the merits of the bill is being disputed. I don't know why the governor doesn't just call on the legislature to vote on the bill again and get it passed. At least the dems might have the guts to show up and vote. Hopefully the unions and Obama's protesters will refrain from destroying the capital building again.

    May 26, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  2. Name king

    Hey lesson we need to have a certain percent of our population make a certain amount of money, to keep industries, homes, transportations afloat. If the repugs keeps depleting our middle class, who will keep our Economy afloat, the poor, who can't afford it, or the rich, who rather do their businesses abroad and too small in numbers to make a difference. Our biggest asset is our middle class and the only entity left keeping them afloat is the unions. Take away unions, and America workers are at the mercy of corporations, and mainstreet is left to battle china for big corporation jobs.

    May 26, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  3. Wisconsinembarrassed

    Being a resident of Wisconsin, I can safely say that this whole ordeal is an embarrasment to the state. Madison is a liberal island surrounded by reality. The Republicans won the offices of governor and legislature so they began making sweeping laws. The democrats didnt like it so they fled the state like a bunch of childish cowards. The collective bargaining law was passed the only way possible given that the AWOL democrats were holed up in Illinois. Then after the law is quickly passed the democrats take it to court to stall and then overturn. Even the supreme court election was tainted by the liberal Klopperburg wackos. She won't even admit defeat and is threatening a lawsuit. Thats the way the liberal democrats in Wisconsin work now. If they don't have the votes, they'll take it to the courts. I hope the recall electrions come and the republicans win even more seats so that this kind of crap doesn't continue to happen. This is what happens with the far leaning liberals finally have to act like conservatives. Whine, complain, act like children. Embarrassing...

    May 26, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  4. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    Thank God for this judge. Unions rule! Obama/Biden 2012

    May 26, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    Goodness. A Wisconsin judge won't let Scott Walker and his minions DICTATE (and thus enact) laws that are in obvious violation of the Wisconsin State Constitution. Fancy that. Reading Day of Reckoning's bumbling comments, one would think that GOPers actually DO want Dictatorship government to be the new State norm. Thankfully, we in Minnesota were able to stop this nonsense before it happened by electing a Democratic Governor ... else, we, too, would be facing the same dictatorship mentality as Wisconsin lawmakers are now grasping at. Not that our MN Republican controlled State Legislators aren't giving it their best effort of trying to force their "conservative" BS down our throats. The Wisconsin recall effort ought to give pause to any WI State Legislator who might want to give it another go ... including Scott Walker.

    May 26, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  6. Marcus

    The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE – The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends
    Stalin did it, what you say that should be done with those who oppose you, all the time...
    Are you a closet Stalinist?

    May 26, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  7. The Real Tom Paine

    @ The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE – The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    I don't know how many times over the years I've heard some conservative start to talk about arresting people and forcing them to do what they ( the conservatives) want them to do in the name of freedom. The truth is, the conservatives violated the law, and they are now relying on money from outside WI, specifically Utah, to start recall efforts against the Democratic Senators. The efforts to start recalls against the GOP are being largely funded from people within the state, and they have OKed the recall elections on 3 so far. Walker and his cronies played a dirty game, and they are losing. What is appalling is those who screamed the loudest about the rule of law are the most willing to resort to strong-arm tactics and parliamentary manuevers when they can't ge their way in any other fashion. The GOP created this crisis, they have to live with the consequences.

    Walker and the WI GOP will be toast within 12 months: will they still be paying for his healthcare after he gets recalled?

    May 26, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  8. J. Slayer

    Keeping in mind that America was formed by PEOPLE who had been abused by INSTITUTIONS and FORMAL ORGANIZATIONS that abused them and violated their trust,I find there to be something decidedly un-american about legislation that comes down in favor of companies/ employers instead of people/workers.

    In setting up a Judicial branch as part of the Government, the "founding fathers" intended Judges to be one of the lines of defense against abuse of individual rights. It seems fitting and consistent with the spirit of American revolution and the formation of our government of, by & for the people, that Judge Sumi has ruled in this manner.

    The fillibuter [by Republican Senators] of the Asian-American nominated by President Obama [to fill one of the almost 100 vacancies on the Federal judiciary] seems out of touch with a judiciary focused on applying the spirit of the people.

    May 26, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
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