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Judge Denies Stay for Right to Work Law

The latest chapter in the legal wrestling match over Wisconsin's "Right to Work" law came Monday. The Dane County judge who recently struck down the law is refusing to allow it to remain in effect while the state appeals his ruling.

 In a hearing today Judge William Foust said state attorneys haven't shown their appeal will be successful so the law is on hold until a decision is made in that appeal. 

Earlier this month Judge Foust ruled Wisconsin's "right to work" law unconstitutional saying it basically allows people to use union services without paying for them. 

The law prevents businesses and unions from requiring all workers, not just union members to pay union dues.

In his hearing Monday morning, the judge said there's no evidence the state will suffer if his decision to do away with the law stands. 

But Attorney General Brad Schimel says hes confident the state will win the appeal, and in the meantime this decision is causing confusion.

"Does it apply outside of Dane County?  We'd argue that it doesn't because the circuit court judge's decision doesn't have presidential authority over any other judge," said Schimel. 

Schimel says the state will now be filing an a request for an emergency stay of the "Right to Work," law with the court of appeals.


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