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Reaction to judge's ruling on collective bargaining

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Reaction to Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi ruling that struck down a law that would have taken nearly all collective bargaining rights from state workers.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald released the following statement:

"There's still a much larger separation-of-powers issue: whether one Madison judge can stand in the way of the other two democratically-elected branches of government. The Supreme Court is going to have the ultimate ruling, and they're still scheduled to hear the issue on June 6. 

"This overdue reform is still a critical part of balancing Wisconsin's budget. Republicans are keeping the promises we made to balance the budget, hold the line on government spending, create jobs and improve the state's economy."

Representative Peter Barca (D) released the following statement:

"Today Judge Sumi issued a permanent injunction on Act 10, clearly stating that the Republicans violated the Wisconsin Open Meetings Law in their rush to take away workers' rights.

"This decision also affirms that the people of Wisconsin have the right to be at table in their democracy and the Legislature and the Republicans are not above their obligation to open government.

"Gov. Walker cost the taxpayers by refusing to respectfully sit across the table from his employees, look them in the eye and take yes for an answer on the benefit concessions they offered.

"We hope the Legislative Republicans will rethink their plan to betray the people of Wisconsin by taking away workers' rights and hurting Wisconsin's middle-class.

"Today's decision by Judge Sumi restores Wisconsin's long tradition of open government. This ruling sets an important precedent that when the Legislature meets, the people must have a seat at the table. This is a huge victory for Wisconsin democracy."

Senate Minority Leader Mark Miller:

"Judge Sumi's ruling today speaks for itself, the Republicans' actions violated the law. Today we see the price of the Republicans' refusing to negotiate and putting their partisan political advantage ahead of the best interests of the people of Wisconsin.

Workers stepped up to the plate and offered to help the state save money. But in their rush to take away workers rights  and bust unions, Governor Walker and the legislative Republicans cost taxpayers $30 million."

Wisconsin Department of Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch :"We look forward to the reforms of the budget repair bill being enacted in the near future. We will continue to pursue legal action with the Supreme Court in an effort to protect middle class jobs and middle class taxpayers."

Wisconsin AFL-CIO

"This morning Judge Sumi upheld what we knew the beginning, that the law stripping hundreds of thousands of public employees of their rights was passed illegally, in the dead of the night through a back door maneuver," said Phil Neuenfeldt, President of the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO. "The people have been clear from day one, they have stood together in the streets of Madison and in the streets around the state to express that this law is too extreme for Wisconsin. Today democracy was upheld. We hope that the Supreme Court will consider the careful review conducted by Judge Sumi and support her conclusion."

"Scott Walker and the Republicans broke the law that night," explained Stephanie Bloomingdale, Wisconsin State AFL-CIO. "This is a democracy, not a dictatorship, and Judge Sumi's decision today makes it final that the union busting bill was passed illegally and will not stand." 

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin:

"I am pleased, but not surprised by the Judge's ruling. The City of Madison, however, expects that the ruling will be appealed. I will continue to work with City Managers and City Council members to fiscally plan for a variety of outcomes."

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