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Top Walker aide says union law implementation ongoing

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker’s top aide says the Wisconsin Department of Administration is moving forward with implementation of a new law taking away nearly all collective bargaining rights from most state workers.

Department Secretary Mike Huebsch said Monday that work is moving ahead to deduct new health care and pension contributions from state workers’ paychecks to be delivered April 21. Those checks will also no longer include previously mandatory union fee deductions.

Huebsch said department attorneys believe the law took effect on Saturday after a nonpartisan legislative office posted it on the Internet. But the head of that agency and others say it won’t take effect until the secretary of state acts.

Huebsch said the department could cease its work if a court says the law is not in effect.

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