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Judge strikes down Wis. law limiting union rights

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A Dane County Court Judge Juan Colas has struck down Gov. Scott Walker's controversial collective bargaining bill. The law, now in effect for more than a year, sparked intense debate.

Governor Walker argued the changes were needed to help government officials fix a 3 billion dollar shortfall. But labor union leaders say it shouldn't have fallen on the backs of union workers, and they never stopped fighting.

"It's a really good day for working people in Wisconsin," said John Spiegelhoff, who represents union workers in the Wausau area.

It's a day that many union supporters say they never stopped fighting for.

"I do think it's a good step in the right direction because the rights to organize and affiliate with a union is guaranteed right in our constitution as well as the U.S. Constitution," said Spiegelhoff.

A Dane County Judge has ruled Gov. Scott Walker's controversial law that stripped most public workers of their rights to collectively bargain, is unconstitutional. 
The ruling comes after a lawsuit brought by the Madison teachers union and a union for Milwaukee city employees.

But Gov. Walker says the state is ready to move on.
Walker survived a recall election this year, jump started by the collective bargaining bill.

In a statement, Walker says the people of Wisconsin clearly spoke on June 5th, when they voted to keep him in office. And he added he's "... confident that the state will ultimately prevail in the appeals process."

"We carried on to provide a valuable service to working people," said Spiegelhoff.

The collective bargaining law has been in effect for more than a year. But many union supporters say, it's not too late to repeal the law.

"We do want a place at the bargaining table with our employers and we will continue to advocate for that," said Spiegelhoff.

It's not clear if this new ruling means the law is suspended immediately. We'll continue to update this developing story as we learn more.

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