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Walker rescinds layoff notices to legal unions

Gov. Scott Walker speaks to the media Wednesday at the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport in Eau Claire. Walker on Friday rescinded layoff notices he sent to 13 unions. (AP Photo/Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Steve Kinderman)

Gov. Scott Walker speaks to the media Wednesday at the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport in Eau Claire. Walker on Friday rescinded layoff notices he sent to 13 unions. (AP Photo/Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Steve Kinderman)

Gov. Scott Walker rescinded layoff notices to 13 state unions on Friday, one week after threatening each with job cuts.

In letters sent to each union through the Department of Administration and the Office of State Employment Relations, union leaders were informed that layoffs would not be necessary after passage of Walker’s budget repair bill.

Both the state Senate and Assembly passed the governor’s controversial bill that severely limits collective bargaining rights for state union employees.

Among those legal unions spared layoffs are the Wisconsin State Public Defender Association, the Association of State Prosecutors and the Wisconsin State Attorneys Association.

On March 4, Walker issued letters to union leaders threatening unspecified layoffs due to the delayed passage of the budget repair bill.

In a statement issued by Walker’s office, he stated that the passage of the budget repair bill helped to save 1,500 middle-class jobs.

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