Teachers, state senators react to ruling
Reactions to Act 10 being struck down by Dane County judge
MADISON, Wis. — News traveled quickly when Act 10 was suddenly struck down by a Dane County circuit judge, and people on both sides of the collective bargaining rights issue had plenty to say about it.
Judge Juan Colas ruled Friday the law violates both the state and U.S. Constitution and is null and void.
The ruling comes after a lawsuit brought by the Madison teachers union and a union for Milwaukee city employees.
Gov. Scott Walker released a statement, saying, “Sadly, a liberal activist judge in Dane County wants to go backwards and take away the lawmaking responsibilities of the legislature and the governor. We are confident that the state will ultimately prevail in the appeals process.”
Madison Teachers, Inc. (MTI) rallied in front of the capital Friday in support of teachers on strike in Chicago.
Once the ruling was handed down, MTI President Kerry Motoviloff made an announcement.
The group celebrated, most in shock.
Motoviloff said, “It really speaks to the perseverance and the size and the timing just happened this way, but you can’t really think it just happened this way, can you?”
“There were other teachers that had concerns about keeping their homes after their pay cuts, so it’s just like a reprieve at the last minute here,” teacher Ellen Jessen said.
The ruling’s opponents were also caught off-guard, but say this decision won’t last long.
Some state senate Republicans want to see this decision appealed to Wisconsin’s Supreme Court as soon as possible.
“I couldn’t believe we have another ridiculous decision from a Dane County judge, but apparently they have a bottomless degree of arrogance in that judiciary,” 20th District Sen. Glenn Grothman said.
“We’ve got to get this in front of the state Supreme Court as soon as possible,” 8th District Sen. Alberta Darling added. “It doesn’t meet the values of the rest of the state.”
A spokesperson for Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said they believe the law is constitutional, and they anticipate appealing the decision made Friday.