In a win for Wisconsin unions, a Dane County judge overturned the state's right-to-work law on Friday.
A group of unions, including the Wisconsin AFL-CIO, sued over the controversial right-to-work law, spearheaded by Gov. Scott Walker and enacted in March 2015.
Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel said today's ruling will be appealed.
"We are extremely disappointed that the Dane County Circuit Court struck down Wisconsin's right-to-work law, but we are confident the law will be upheld on appeal," he said.
Right-to-work policies prohibit employers and unions from entering into contracts requiring that workers pay union dues as a condition of employment. This allows workers who do not pay dues to enjoy the benefits of collective bargaining deals.
Critics say right-to-work policies are designed to control and weaken labor unions, which rely on membership dues for activities such as funding lengthy contract negotiations, supporting political candidates and representing workers in unfair termination cases.