Wisconsin Judge Strikes Down State’s Anti-Union Law

Several Hollywood unions had opposed the law, which limits public employee bargaining rights.

A Wisconsin state judge on Thursday struck down that state’s recently-enacted law limiting state and local government employee bargaining rights, ruling that the procedure by which the law was passed violated the state’s opening meeting law, the New York Times reported.

Although the law has no direct effect on Hollywood, SAG, AFTRA and the WGA East were vocal in their opposition prior to the law’s passage. SAG, for instance, called Wisconsin “ground zero for the labor movement.”

The matter now goes to the state Supreme Court, with a hearing scheduled for June 6. The court could overturn or affirm the lower court ruling.

In addition, the state legislature could re-enact the law, this time with proper public notice, which today’s court ruling said was lacking when the state Senate passed the law on March 9. However, the political climate may have changed, as there are now recall elections pending against several of the state Senate Republicans who voted in favor the first time around.

The legislation generated a firestorm of opposition before enactment, with sit-ins – and sleep-ins – at the state capitol and crowds of thousands of protesters. Republican legislators nonetheless passed the legislation, which governor Scott Walker, also a Republican, signed into law in March.

 

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