Wisconsin Democrats support judge's ruling on Act 10

Wisconsin Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate. | Photo: TODAY'S TMJ4

Wisconsin Democrats support judge's ruling on Act 10

By Matt Montgomery. CREATED Sep 14, 2012

MADISON- Wisconsin Democrats said Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas' decision to strike down parts of Wisconsin Act 10 on Friday is a positive step towards restoring workers' rights.

Wisconsin Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate issued a statement following the judge's decision to rule parts of Act 10 null and void:

Today is a great day for Wisconsin workers. Now, we have the opportunity to go back and do things the right way, the Wisconsin way -- where everyone has a seat at the table and where we work together to find commonsense solutions.

In a statement, Democratic Senate leader Mark Miller considered the ruling a victory for Wisconsin workers.

The action of the Dane County Circuit Court today reaffirms the importance of maintaining rights for the working men and women of Wisconsin.

Restoring the rights of workers to collectively bargain is a key part of building back Wisconsin's economy.  Because of Governor Walker and Legislative Republicans, tens of thousands of workers could no longer negotiate over the hours they work, the safety conditions they labor under, or the health insurance and retirement benefits they and their families depend on.

This ruling is a positive step forward to restoring rights that were abruptly stripped away and opens the door to allow workers and employers to negotiate agreements that are mutually beneficial.