Wis. Unions Appeal Ruling Upholding Restrictions

Posted at: 10/04/2013 9:55 AM | Updated at: 10/04/2013 9:56 AM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Two union chapters have appealed a federal ruling uphold Republican Gov. Scott Walker's collective bargaining restrictions.

Walker signed a law in 2011 that stripped nearly all public workers of almost all their union rights. Union chapters representing city of Madison and Dane County public workers filed a federal lawsuit challenging the law, arguing it violated their rights to assemble and equal protection.

U.S. District Judge William Conley upheld the law last month. The two union chapters filed a notice of appeal with the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday.

A 7th Circuit panel upheld the law in a separate lawsuit in January. The Wisconsin Supreme Court has agreed to hear yet another challenge to the restrictions. A fourth lawsuit is still pending in Dane County Circuit Court.

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