Wisconsin Supreme Court to Hear Union Arguments

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Wisconsin Supreme Court to Hear Union Arguments

By Associated Press. CREATED Nov 11, 2013

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on whether portions of Gov. Scott Walker's union restrictions are legal.

Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas ruled last year that parts of the restrictions are unconstitutional as they apply to a Madison teachers union and a Milwaukee public workers union.

State labor relations officials continued to prepare for re-certification elections for hundreds of other local public unions as per the restrictions, arguing Colas' ruling didn't apply statewide. Colas found them in contempt of court last month, saying his ruling meant no one could enforce those parts of the restrictions against anyone.

The Supreme Court is expected to hear oral arguments on whether Colas' original ruling and his contempt finding were proper during a Monday morning session.