Attorneys ask judge to stay right-to-work ruling

Posted at 3:10 PM, Apr 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-18 20:39:00-04

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — State attorneys have asked a Madison judge to stay his ruling declaring Wisconsin’s right-to-work law unconstitutional.

Wisconsin Department of Justice officials said in a news release they filed the motion with Dane County Circuit Judge William Foust on Monday. They also said they have filed notice of an appeal with the 3rd District Court of Appeals. If Foust grants a stay the law would remain in effect pending the appeal’s outcome.

The motion for a stay notes that 25 other states have right-to-work laws and blocking Wisconsin’s version will undermine policies the people put in the place through their elected representatives and generate uncertainty.

“None of those have been declared unconstitutional,” Schimel said in a statement. “I am confident Wisconsin’s law will be upheld. Therefore, it’s imperative that Wisconsin’s right-to-work law remain in effect while on appeal.”

Three unions challenged Wisconsin’s law in a lawsuit last year. Foust ruled earlier this month that the law amounts to an improper taking of union services.