Wis. Union Restrictions Unconstitutional, 7th Circ. Hears

Law360, Chicago (February 24, 2014, 3:51 PM EST) -- Two union locals on Monday pressed forward with their challenge to the controversial Wisconsin law that gutted government workers' collective bargaining rights, telling the Seventh Circuit that the statute violates their constitutional right to assemble and petition the government.

While the individual provisions of Wisconsin's Act 10 may pass constitutional muster, the "cumulative effect" of the law strips municipal employees of First and 14th amendment protections, Bruce Ehlke of Ehlke Bero-Lehmann & Lounsbury SC, an attorney for the unions, said during oral arguments in Chicago....
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