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Federal Judge Upholds Walker's Controversial Law

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) earns a major victory in federal court.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) earns a major victory in federal court.

A judge ruled Walker's controversial law stripping mostly all of the collective bargaining rights of state workers is constitutional.

The ruling says the law still allows workers to assemble and let them speak, but doesn't require municipal employers to listen to them.  This lawsuit was filed in 2011 by Madison and Dane County workers alleged Walker's law violated their constitutional right to freely assemble and equal protection because it imposes wage limits on union employees, but not on non-union workers.

As for the equal protection argument, the judge said the government can treat represented employees differently than non-represented ones.

"This is a disappointing ruling for all workers in the State of Wisconsin" says AFL-CIO President Neuenfeldt.  "Gov. Walker's was elected to create jobs; instead he attacked workers' rights and Wisconsin's middle class."

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