Federal appeals court upholds Wis. union limits

Published On: Jan 30 2013 03:19:41 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 18 2013 06:39:21 PM CST
MADISON, Wis. -

A federal appeals court has upheld Gov. Scott Walker's contentious law stripping most public workers of nearly all of their collective bargaining rights.

Seven public unions, including the teachers' union and the largest statewide public sector union, challenged the law's constitutionality in 2011. U.S. District Judge William Conley in March overturned part of the law requiring unions hold elections each year for members to retain their official status. The judge also said the law illegally halted the automatic withdrawal of union dues.

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals released a decision on Friday that upheld the law in its entirety. The court said the law is constitutional. Click here for a link to the decision.

Governor Walker recleased the following statement after the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals' decision:

"As we’ve said all along, Act 10 is constitutional. Today’s court ruling is a victory for Wisconsin taxpayers. The provisions contained in Act 10, which have been upheld in federal court, were vital in balancing Wisconsin’s $3.6 billion budget deficit without increasing taxes, without massive public employee layoffs, and without cuts to programs like Medicaid. With this ruling behind us, we can now focus on the next state budget, which will invest in priorities to move our state forward."

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen released the following statement regarding the decision on Act 10:

"For nearly two years, those opposing Act 10 have tried every angle to have it struck down and invalidated. Today’s decision by the Seventh Circuit confirms what I have stated from the beginning. Act 10 is constitutional. While there are no guarantees, it is my hope that this decision will pave the way for resolving any remaining challenges in a manner that supports the legislative decisions made by our elected officials."