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Judge rejects stay in police union challenge to collective bargaining law


MADISON (WKOW) -- A Madison judge on Friday rejected a request to stay a police union's lawsuit challenging Wisconsin's controversial collective bargaining law, which stripped most public workers of nearly all their union rights.

The Wisconsin Law Enforcement Association filed suit in November, claiming the law violates its members' rights to free speech, association and equal protection rights.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice asked Judge John Markson to hold off on ruling until an appeals court weighs in on another Madison judge's decision to strike down the law as it applies to school and local government workers. DOJ attorneys argue the cases are similar and an appellate ruling would simplify matters.

But Judge Markson disagreed, saying the two cases deal with different parts of the law and have different plaintiffs.


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