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Van Hollen calls union ruling ‘woefully deficient’

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen plans to seek a stay in a court decision that overturns the law repealing most collective bargaining for local government employees. (File photo by Kevin Harnack)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says the ruling reinstating collective bargaining rights for school and local government workers is “woefully legally deficient” and he predicts it will be overturned.

But in the meantime, Van Hollen said Monday there is no legal impediment to school or local government bargaining units negotiating new contracts with their employers.

Van Hollen intends to ask Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas to put his ruling on hold while the appeal moves forward. Van Hollen said no decision has been made about whether he will ask the state Supreme Court to take the case.

He said not granting a stay of the order could create chaos, with unions attempting to negotiate new deals while the law is not in effect.

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