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State Supreme Court to take up appeal on Act 10

MADISON - The Wisconsin Supreme Court agreed late this afternoon to rule on whether the Act-10 public union bargaining limits apply to local government and school unions.

The Fourth District Court of Appeals in Madison did not rule on the matter. It asked the justices to take the case, citing its statewide importance. Last September, Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas said Act-10 is unconstitutional. However, it was never made clear whether that's true for local unions statewide, or just the parties that filed the suit - Madison Teachers Incorporated and a Milwaukee city employee union. In the days after the ruling, a number of public unions and employers in Madison scrambled to get new contracts in place before the state could win an appeal and get the Colas ruling overturned.

Act-10 took effect almost two years ago. It virtually ended bargaining privileges for most state-and-local unions. The law has remained in place for state employees, despite several attempts to throw it out in court.