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Wisconsin’s High Court Upholds Law Restricting Rights of Public Unions

The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a law that sharply limits the collective-bargaining rights of employees at public colleges and other state agencies, the Wisconsin State Journal reports.

The law, designated as Act 10, passed in 2011 amid bitter protests. It prohibits the state from deducting union dues from employees’ paychecks and requires unions, including faculty unions, to renew their certification annually. Many public-safety workers are exempted from the certification provision, an aspect of the law that was upheld last year in federal court.

The state’s Supreme Court now has upheld the law in full. “We reject the plaintiffs’ argument that several provisions of Act 10, which delineate the rights, obligations, and procedures of collective bargaining, somehow infringe upon general employees’ constitutional right to freedom of association,” Justice Michael J. Gableman wrote in the decision.

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