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New court challenge to collective bargaining changes

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Protesters show support at the State capitol grounds as members of the Wisconsin State Government discuss the proposed bill by Republican Governor Scott Walker in Madison February 19, 2011. REUTERS/Darren Hauck
Protesters show support at the State capitol grounds as members of the Wisconsin State Government discuss the proposed bill by Republican Governor Scott Walker in Madison February 19, 2011. REUTERS/Darren Hauck

MADISON (WSAU) Two unions have told a Dane County judge why they believe Wisconsin's new limits on public union bargaining should be thrown out. Madison Teachers Incorporated and A-F-L C-I-O sanitation workers in Milwaukee filed their lawsuit in August. Yesterday they submitted documents reinforcing their arguments. They said the law violates the state Constitution's equal protection clause, because it exempts police-and-fire unions. And they said it violates the Constitution's home rule provisions which let the city and county of Milwaukee run their own pension systems.

The lawsuit also claims the law violates the unions' freedom of association, saying it puts extra burdens on public union members. Two similar cases are pending in federal courts.

Governor Scott Walker and Republican lawmakers have said their measure is constitutional -- and they believe they'll win the lawsuits.

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