Federal judge strikes down parts of Wis. union law


Salon Staff
March 31, 2012 4:36AM (UTC)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge has upheld most of Wisconsin's contentious law curbing collective bargaining rights, but he overturned parts of the law that unions said were costly.

The ruling Friday comes in a lawsuit filed by a coalition of unions fighting the law championed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker. Both sides are deciding whether to appeal.

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U.S. District Judge William Conley overturned part of the law that banned public workers from allowing union dues to be automatically withdrawn from their paychecks. The judge also shot down a requirement that all of a union's members, not just those voting, support staying organized in annual elections.

But the judge rejected arguments that the law was unconstitutional because it strips collective bargaining rights from most — but not all — public employees.


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