MADISON, Wis. (WFRV) - Late last week, a Dane County judge overturned Governor Scott Walker's Collective Bargaining Law.
In a ruling that came down late Friday afternoon Judge Juan Colas ruled Act 10 to be unconstitutional by denying union workers certain powers such as free speech, free association and equal protection.
The law removed collective bargaining rights for nearly all state employees.
Governor Walker spoke Friday night about the ruling , "I think you've got an activist judge in Dane County like you've seen so many times in the past. Ultimately we're confident that when it comes to the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court the law will be upheld."
The law triggered state-wide protests last year and a recall election in which Gov. Walker beat Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.
Two labor unions sued to challenge the law, arguing it restricts employees' free speech.
This weekend, union leaders and their lawyers spoke out about the next step saying, "When the appeals court and the Supreme Court look at this case, they're going to look at it very carefully from the law and not on the basis of what Governor Walker and his acolytes want them to do."
Experts say Governor Walker could now seek to keep the law in effect while the legal drama plays out.
The Wheeler Report has posted the entire ruling online. You can read it here.