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Supreme Court urged to take union lawsuit


MADISON (WKOW) -- A state appeals court is urging the Wisconsin Supreme Court to take a case brought by two unions challenging the constitutionality of the state's collective bargaining law.

On Thursday, the 4th District Court of Appeals urged the Supreme Court to take the case and "put these legal issues to rest." 

"We urge the Supreme Court to accept this certification and put these legal issues to rest," the appeals court said.

Gov. Scott Walker's law effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers. The case was brought by unions representing Madison school teachers and city of Milwaukee workers. A Dane County circuit judge last year overturned the law as unconstitutional, but it was unclear if the ruling applied outside of Madison and Milwaukee.

The appeals court says "it is hard to imagine a dispute with greater statewide effect or with a greater need for a final resolution."

The Supreme Court could choose to take the case directly, or send it back to the appeals court to rule first.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen called the appeals court's request a positive development.

"I continue to believe that Act 10 is constitutional in all respects and anticipate that our Supreme Court will come to the same conclusion," he said, referring to the official name of the collective bargaining law.

Lester Pines, one of the attorneys who brought the lawsuit, had no immediate comment.

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