Wisconsin Court upholds union law

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the 2011 law that effectively ended collective bargaining for most government workers, sparked massive protests and led to Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s recall election and rise to national prominence.

The 5-2 ruling upholds the signature policy achievement of Walker in its entirety and is a major victory for the potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate, who is seeking re-election this year.

The ruling also marks the end of the three-year legal fight over the union rights law, which prohibits government worker unions for collectively bargaining for anything beyond base wage increases based on inflation. A federal appeals court twice upheld the law as constitutional.

The high court ruled in a lawsuit filed by the Madison teachers union and a union representing Milwaukee public workers.