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Other reaction to Act 10 ruling

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld Wisconsin Act 10, which severely limits collective bargaining rights for public employee union members in Wisconsin.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) released the following statement on the ruling: 

"Today's federal court ruling confirms what we've known all along:  Act 10 is constitutional. What we've seen in this case--and with so many others before it--is that a liberal Dane County judge made a political, not a legal, decision."
 
"These reforms have played an important role in balancing budgets at the state and local levels.  I encourage those who have not utilized these tools to begin incorporating them to the benefit of taxpayers."
 
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One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statement on the ruling:
 
"The court acknowledged the rationale behind Gov. Walker and the Republicans' attacks on worker rights was to gain partisan political advantage – just like their gerrymandering of legislative districts and restricting voting rights. Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald's boast that Act 10 was designed to prevent President Obama from winning Wisconsin's Electoral College votes were specifically cited as unseemly.
 
"It is extremely disappointing that the result of this court's majority decision is to continue to allow those with political power to attack the people and their rights to organize for safe working conditions, a more secure economic future and to elect representatives that will fight for them."
 
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Senator Mark Miller (D-Monona) issued the following statement regarding the Act 10 ruling:
 
"I am disappointed in the decision. Wisconsin has had a long tradition with freedom of association and was the earliest adopter of collective bargaining rights which resulted in relatively good relations between workers and public employers to the benefit of the people of Wisconsin.
 
While I had hoped for a different outcome from the courts, it shows that we have work to do."
 
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