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Union chapters file suit against Wis. law

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Two public union chapters have filed a lawsuit challenging the state’s contentious new collective bargaining law.

Union chapters representing Madison public works employees and Dane County firefighters contend the law’s impairs unions’ ability to sustain themselves and individuals’ ability to associate with them. They go on to argue the law creates conflict between union and non-union public workers and the state Senate lacked the necessary quorum when it passed the law on March 9.

The law strips most public workers of nearly all their collective bargaining rights. Police and firefighters are exempt.

Democrats have filed two other lawsuits challenging the law. A judge has blocked the measure’s publication while she considers the challenges.

A spokesman for the state Justice Department, which is representing the state, declined comment.

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