Governor Scott Walker's "right-to-work" law -- more rightfully called "screw-the-unions" law -- has been struck down by a Wisconsin court who ruled it unconstitutional.
A Dane County Circuit Court judge issued the ruling Friday in a lawsuit filed by local unions. Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel promised to appeal the order, saying: "We are confident the law will be upheld on appeal."
The Wisconsin AFL-CIO, Machinists Local Lodge 1061 in Milwaukee and United Steelworkers District 2 in Menasha filed the lawsuit last year.
The groups argued that the law was an unconstitutional seizure of union property because it required unions to extend benefits to workers who don't pay dues.
This case is far from over, of course. This was a Circuit Court ruling. It will wend its way up the food chain to Wisconsin's quite conservative Supreme Court, who will surely uphold it, setting up a battle in the federal courts.
But for today, at least, it's a win for the good guys.
Capper sent a link to the ruling.
Here's the key sentence for me:
"[Unions] have a legally protectable property interest in the services they perform for their members and non-members."