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Federal judge strikes down parts of Wisconsin's collective bargaining law

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MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A U.S. District Court judge in Madison has struck down parts of Wisconsin's divisive collective bargaining law.

On Friday, Judge William Conley ruled that dues can be automatically withdrawn and annual certification votes can not be required.

In a lawsuit filed last summer, plaintiffs argued that the law supported by Republican Governor Scott Walker violated the U.S. Constitution because it took away union rights to bargain, organize and associate and illegally discriminates among classes of public employees.

Conley in his order rejected the argument that the law, also known as Wisconsin Act 10, violated the equal protection clause of the Constitution.

However, Conley ordered that automatic dues withdrawal be reinstated no later than May 31.

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