Wis. High Court Upholds Controversial Union Law

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The Wisconsin State Supreme Court has decided that the state law to end collective bargaining for public workers will stand.

The law sparked weeks of massive protests in the Badger State's capital city of Madison, and dozens of Democratic lawmakers fled the state to prevent a vote on the measure.

Eventually, a judge issued a restraining order to keep the law from going into effect.

On Tuesday, the state Supreme Court sided with Republicans and lifted the judicial order. In a vote of four to three, the high court ruled the district judge did not have the power to issue the restraining order.

"The Supreme Court's ruling provides our state the opportunity to move forward together and focus on getting Wisconsin working again," Gov. Scott Walker said in a one-sentence statement Tuesday.

Union leaders blasted the court's decision. Phil Neuenfeldt, president of the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO, called it "an affront to our democracy."

Democrats acknowledge they don't have the votes to stop the bill, but they are vowing to fight.

"It's going to take a long time to rebuild the gains that were just repealed here, but we're prepared to do it and that's what we're working on," said Sen. Chris Larson, D-Milwaukee.

"We've always felt we followed our rules the way we normally do and that we never violated the Constitution and that's what the court felt as well," explained Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald, R-Horicon.

The court declined to review a part of the suit that claimed Republicans violated open meeting laws during a crucial committee hearing.

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