President Diann Woodard’s Statement On Wisconsin Ruling

On Friday, September 14, 2012 Dane County Judge Juan Colas ruled that Gov. Scott Walker’s law, which repealed most collective bargaining for local and school employees, violated workers’ constitutional rights to “free speech, free association and equal representation under the law…”

AFSA applauds Judge Colas’ decision. This ruling is not only a victory for working families in Wisconsin, but it substantiates what AFSA and workers across the nation have been saying since this law was passed – that Gov. Scott Walker’s unabashed efforts to categorically attack workers, by denying local and school employees their constitutional collective bargaining rights is in fact, unconstitutional. Perhaps the Governor would benefit from a refresher course in civics, because his immoral, unjust and illegal power grab is precisely why we need the system of checks and balances that we have in place.

Although the decision can still be overturned by the Wisconsin State Supreme Court, this will surely send a message to anti-worker governor’s and elected officials across the nation that you cannot balance your budgets on the backs of workers and the middle class.

We continue to stand by our brothers and sisters in Wisconsin with a renewed sense of energy as we see what is possible through our collective activism, and continue to make our voices heard for what is right.