April 17, 2014

Union law lawsuit will remain in appeals court

A Dane County judge’s decision overturning portions of Governor Walker’s collective bargaining law will remain in place, for now.

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has decided not to ask the State Supreme Court to consider a recent court ruling that upheld a decision to put portions of the law on hold.

The earlier ruling from Dane County Circuit Court Judge Juan Colas overturned restrictions on collective bargaining for some school and local government workers in Madison and Milwaukee. Van Hollen asked an appellate court to put the ruling on hold while the state challenges the decision, a request judges rejected earlier this week because they found no evidence to justify the move.

In a statement, Van Hollen said the state is content to continue fighting the case on appeal, noting that the original decision has a limited statewide impact and does not apply to any non-parties.

The lawsuit was originally brought by union groups from Milwaukee and Madison. It remains unclear if the ruling from Judge Colas applies to similar units statewide or just those that filed the original case.