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Wisconsin Public Employees Sue to Stop ‘Budget Repair Bill’

A group of Wisconsin state and municipal workers’ unions filed a federal lawsuit in a bid to block implementation of a bill backed by Governor Scott Walker curbing collective-bargaining rights.

The state law violates the U.S. constitution by creating a “disfavored” class of public employees and a “favored” class consisting of firefighters and law enforcement officials, the unions representing teachers, health-care workers and other public workers, said in a complaint filed yesterday in federal court in Madison.