Wisconsin's Polarizing Union Law To Take Effect

This is a sad day in American politics. This is going to affect so many people. The unfortunate part is that people allowed their hatred for the President to convince to vote against their best interest. So all across the country we are seeing laws of this nature. I can only hope that once people have the opportunity to change their circumstances, the will show up at the polls and do so.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court handed Republican Gov. Scott Walker a major victory on Tuesday, ruling that his polarizing union rights law can go into effect.

In a 4-3 decision, the court said Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi overstepped her authority when she said Republican lawmakers violated the state's opening meetings statutes in the run-up to passage and declared the union rights law void.

The law, which eliminates most of public employees' collective bargaining rights and requires them to pay more for their health care and pensions, sparked weeks of protests when Walker introduced it in February. Tens of thousands of demonstrators occupied the state Capitol for weeks, thrusting Wisconsin to the forefront of a national debate over labor rights.

Walker claimed that the law was needed to help address the state's $3.6 billion budget shortfall and give local governments enough flexibility on labor costs to deal with deep cuts to state aid.

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