LABOR UNIONS

Wisc. Will Enforce Anti-Labor Law

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Thousands of protesters gathered in Madison's Capitol rotunda in March 2011 to protest a law curbing the collective bargaining rights for Wisconsin's public union workers. The unrest led to a recall election for Gov. Scott Walker, which he survived on Tuesday by a wide margin.

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is seeking permission to continue enforcing a state law that successfully ended collective bargaining for teacher and public employees while his office appeals the decision to overturn it. Dane County Judge Juan Colas’s ruling Friday struck down the controversial  law as a violation of state and federal constitutions calling it “null and void.” A spokesman for Van Hollen’s office said the law is constitutional and should “continue in effect as it has for more than a year while the appellate courts address the legal issues.” A spokesman for Governor Scott Walker also said he is confident the decision will be overturned on appeal.