Judge Enters Final Order Striking Down WI Right-to-Work Law

A Madison judge has entered a final order declaring Wisconsin’s right-to-work law unconstitutional. 

Dane County Circuit Judge William Foust issued the order Friday, setting the stage for state attorneys to file a request for a stay.  A state Justice Department spokesman had no immediate comment. 

Right-to-work laws prohibit businesses and unions from reaching agreements that require all workers, not just union members, to pay union dues. 

Three unions alleged in a lawsuit that the law amounts to an unconstitutional taking of services since the statutes mean the unions must represent non-union workers who don’t have to pay dues. Foust agreed in a decision on April 8. His order Friday formalizes his ruling. 

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