Union backers decry Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling upholding law

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: June 14, 2011 - 6:36 PM

MADISON, Wis. - Union backers are decrying a Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling upholding a law supported by Gov. Scott Walker that takes away most collective bargaining rights from nearly all public workers.

Democratic Senate Minority Leader Mark Miller says Walker and Republicans' efforts to attack unions has resulted in months of "legal wrangling, unprecedented political divisiveness and millions of dollars."

Walker praised the court's decision Tuesday, saying it provides the state a chance to move forward and get the state working again.

His top aide was examining the court's 61-page ruling and determining when the law will be implemented. It calls on public workers paying more for health care and pension benefits, which amount to an 8 percent pay cut.

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