Wisconsin Anti-Union Law Faces New Hurdle

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A Wisconsin judge has issued a court order blocking a law that strips most public employees of their collective bargaining power.

The decision came after GOP state lawmakers pushed the law through the legislature declaring it valid, thereby getting around an earlier court order that blocked it from taking effect.

A visibly annoyed Dane County circuit judge warned there would be consequences for violators of the new order.

"Apparently that language was either misunderstood or ignored, but what I said was the further implementation of (the law) was enjoined," Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi said. "That is what I now want to make crystal clear."

Republicans haven't indicated their next move, but the law's legitimacy will likely have to be decided by the state Supreme Court.

"We will continue to confer with our legal counsel and have more information about how to move forward in the near future," Wisconsin Department of Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch said.

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