WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) - On Wednesday, Federal Judge William Conley upheld Wisconsin’s Act 10, which limits collective bargaining for public employees. Yesterday, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen reacted to Conley’s ruling, saying he’s not surprised by the ruling. “I’m not surprised, because with regard to Act 10, the rule of law and the Constitution have always been on our side as a state. We have had, I think, ten different cases where the state has been sued over Act 10. Seven of them have come to complete conclusion, and we have won across the board in all seven of them.”
The legal challenges are not over for Act 10, but Van Hollen is confident the law will hold up for the remaining challenges still before the courts. “There are two more cases that have to come to conclusion, one of which is going to be in front of our State Supreme Court here this fall, and that may very well end the tenth case as well. I think what we’re going to find when all is said and done that every court at every level has upheld every aspect of Act 10, and I think the law is very clear that it should.”
The two unions that were defeated Judge Conley’s ruling this week have not decided yet if they will appeal to a higher court.