New Ruling in Wis. Union Case Creates Confusion

Posted at: 09/17/2013 6:06 PM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - More confusion is swirling over whether Gov. Scott Walker's administration can enforce its collective bargaining restrictions on municipal public workers statewide.

Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas ruled in 2012 the restrictions are unconstitutional as they pertained to school and local government workers in Milwaukee and Madison. It's unclear whether that restriction applied statewide or just in those two cities.

The Milwaukee and Madison worker unions' attorneys maintain Walker's administration has been moving forward to implement portions of the law Colas struck down. They asked the judge in April to issue an injunction making clear that work must stop.

Colas issued a decision Tuesday saying the Walker administration cannot enforce the restrictions against anyone. But he refused to issue the injunction, saying the Milwaukee and Madison workers haven't been harmed.

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