Statement of AFSCME Wisconsin in response to the ruling by the Dane County Circuit Court Judge Juan Colas
Madison, WI–(ENEWSPF)–September 14, 2012.
“Today, Gov. Scott Walker was rejected by the courts again. Today’s ruling shows that his attempt to steal the rights away from working men and women in Wisconsin was unconstitutional. We have always believed that Governor Walker and the state legislature overstepped their authority by taking away the rights of public employees to collectively bargain,” said AFSCME Council 48 Executive Director Rich Abelson.
“We’ve now had a federal and state judge say this law was unconstitutional and that it violated not only the state constitution but the US Constitution as well. The working men and women from across this state deserve to have their rights, which Scott Walker stole from them, restored and today’s ruling gave them hope. We believe any ruling that recognizes the right to collectively bargain is proper under the state and federal constitution” concluded Marty Beil, Executive Director of AFSCME Council 24.
“Governor Walker’s blatant abuse of powers was dealt yet another blow by the courts today. The rights of the hard working men and women to collectively bargain and to organize are fundamental, and today, the Dane County Court agreed. AFSCME will continue to fight to make sure this ruling is upheld by all courts,” added Rick Badger, Executive Director of AFSCME Council 40.
AFSCME’s 1.6 million members provide the vital services that make America happen. With members in hundreds of different occupations — from nurses to corrections officers, child care providers to sanitation workers — AFSCME advocates for fairness in the workplace, excellence in public services and prosperity and opportunity for all working families.