Wisconsin's polarizing union law to take effect
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin's Republican governor has won a major victory: the state Supreme Court says his polarizing union rights law can go into effect.
Gov. Scott Walker pushed the law that eliminates most of public employees' collective bargaining rights and forces them to pay more for their health and pension benefits. He says it's needed for the state to address its budget problems.
The law passed in March after weeks of protests that drew tens of thousands of people to the state Capitol. But the law has been tied up in the courts since a Democrat filed a lawsuit accusing Republicans of violating the state open meetings law during the run-up to passage.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court said the judge had no authority to interfere with the legislative process.