Judge rejects request to reinstate union law

State is appealing the ruling
Judge rejects request to reinstate union law

A judge has rejected the state of Wisconsin’s request to put on hold his earlier ruling striking down large portions of Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s contentious collective bargaining law.

Dane County District Judge Juan Colas on Monday released his ruling rejecting the request for a stay.

Colas in September ruled the law stripping most public workers of nearly all their union rights violates teachers and local government workers’ free speech, free association and equal protection rights.

Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen had asked for a stay while he appeals. Van Hollen’s spokeswoman Dana Brueck said he will now ask the court of appeals to issue a stay.

Lester Pines, an attorney for those challenging the law, said the judge reached a correct decision in rejecting the stay.