Wis. unions appeal ruling upholding restrictions
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Two union chapters have appealed a federal ruling uphold Republican Gov. Scott Walker's collective bargaining restrictions.
Walker signed a law in 2011 that stripped nearly all public workers of almost all their union rights. Union chapters representing city of Madison and Dane County public workers filed a federal lawsuit challenging the law, arguing it violated their rights to assemble and equal protection.
U.S. District Judge William Conley upheld the law last month. The two union chapters filed a notice of appeal with the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday.
A 7th Circuit panel upheld the law in a separate lawsuit in January. The Wisconsin Supreme Court has agreed to hear yet another challenge to the restrictions. A fourth lawsuit is still pending in Dane County Circuit Court.