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Dane County Judge tosses cops' collective bargaining suit

Dane County Judge tosses cops' collective bargaining suit

MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ A Dane County judge has dismissed a law enforcement union lawsuit challenging Wisconsin's 2011 collective bargaining law.

Circuit Judge John Markson ruled Wednesday that the law does not violate union members' rights to free speech and association.

The Wisconsin Law Enforcement Association had brought the challenge. In his 46-page ruling, Markson wrote that the law does not take anything away from workers to which they are constitutionally entitled, and that the state may put limits on the right to collective bargaining.

The police union argued the law fractured the union into unequal parts.

Gov. Scott Walker's legislation, known as Act 10, effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers.

This is the fourth challenge to Governor Walker's Act 10 that has failed.

 

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