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Court won’t suspend contempt in collective bargaining case

Circuit Court Judge Juan Colas

Circuit Court Judge Juan Colas

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin appeals court has refused to suspend a contempt-of-court finding against state labor relations officials for enforcing parts of Gov. Scott Walker’s collective bargaining restrictions.

Judge Juan Colas ruled last year the provisions as applied to unions representing Madison teachers and Milwaukee public workers are unconstitutional.

The state Supreme Court is reviewing the case. Meanwhile state labor relations officials continued to prepare for re-certification elections for hundreds of other local public employee unions as per the restrictions, arguing Colas’ ruling didn’t apply statewide. Colas found WERC in contempt last month.

State attorneys asked the 4th District Court of Appeals to suspend the contempt ruling pending the Supreme Court’s decision. But the court ruled Monday the state failed to show how delaying the elections would cause any harm.

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