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UPDATE: Attorney General Seeks Stay in Union Lawsuit

UPDATED: Thursday, October 25, 2012 --- 4:40p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has asked the state appeals court to put on hold a judge's ruling repealing major parts of Gov. Scott Walker's law effectively ending collective bargaining for most public workers.

Van Hollen's request made Thursday comes after Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas on Monday refused to issue a stay to his September ruling. Colas says Van Hollen and the state "failed to show that they will suffer irreparable harm if the stay is not granted."

Van Hollen had pledged to ask the appeals court for the stay, which he did Thursday.

The lower court's ruling last month overturned the law as it pertained to school and local government workers.

Colas said in his ruling that the law violates school and local employees' constitutional rights.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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UPDATED Monday, October 22, 2012 --- 5:10 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A judge has rejected the state of Wisconsin's request to put on hold his earlier ruling striking down large portions of Republican Gov. Scott Walker's contentious collective bargaining law.

Dane County District Judge Juan Colas on Monday released his ruling rejecting the request for a stay.

Colas in September ruled the law stripping most public workers of nearly all their union rights violates teachers and local government workers' free speech, free association and equal protection rights.

Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen had asked for a stay while he appeals. Van Hollen's spokeswoman Dana Brueck says he will now ask the court of appeals to issue a stay.

Lester Pines, an attorney for those challenging the law, says the judge reached a correct decision in rejecting the stay.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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UPDATED: Friday, October 5, 2012 --- 4:00p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A decision on whether to put on hold a judge's ruling restoring major parts of Wisconsin's collective bargaining law has been delayed.

Dane County District Judge Juan Colas on Friday gave those challenging the law passed by Gov. Scott Walker and Republicans last year until Tuesday to file additional arguments. Colas says in the order that this will delay him acting on the state's request that he put his original decision on hold while it is appealed.

Colas blames the delay on the state because it made new arguments in a previous round of filings.

The Madison teachers union and the Milwaukee city employees union, which brought the lawsuit, argue they should be allowed to respond to those arguments.

The judge on Friday agreed.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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UPDATED: Friday, September 28, 2012 --- 5:00p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Department of Justice has filed another round of briefs urging a judge to stay a ruling that struck down large portions of Republican Gov. Scott Walker's contentious collective bargaining law.

The provision stripped most public workers of nearly all their union rights. Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas ruled earlier this month the law violates teachers and local government workers' free speech, free association and equal protection rights.

Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has asked for a stay while he appeals.

DOJ attorneys filed documents with Colas on Friday reiterating the request. They argued the law doesn't prohibit public workers from associating with each other or speaking freely. They added Colas' decision has created confusion among municipal employers.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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UPDATED: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 --- 5:09p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Union attorneys have asked a Madison judge to let stand a ruling that Republican Gov. Scott Walker's collective bargaining changes are unconstitutional.

Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas' ruling earlier this month came as part of a lawsuit a Madison teacher union and a Milwaukee city workers union filed challenging the law.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has asked Colas to stay the ruling pending an appeal. The unions' attorneys filed a brief Wednesday asking Colas to refuse.

They contend Van Hollen hasn't shown he could win an appeal or how allowing the ruling to stand would hurt the state. They als maintain Colas correctly ruled the law violates union members' free speech, association and equal protection rights.

Van Hollen has until Friday to reply.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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UPDATED: Monday, September 24, 2012 --- 1:45 p.m.

CHICAGO (AP) -- A federal appeals court in Chicago has heard arguments on the constitutionality of provisions in Wisconsin's law restricting collective bargaining by public employees.

A provision halting the automatic withdrawal of union dues was a focus of the hour-long hearing Monday before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Wisconsin is appealing a March ruling by U.S. District Judge William Conley deeming that provision illegal. He also struck a provision requiring unions hold elections annually. Both were at issue Monday.

Union attorney Leon Dayan told the three-judge panel that Republican legislators essentially stuck pro-Democrat unions with tougher provisions. But the attorney representing Wisconsin, Joseph Olson, countered there's no proof of such political payback.

This month, a state court tossed other parts of the law. Wisconsin also is appealing that ruling.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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Posted Monday, September 24, 2012 --- 9:00 a.m.

CHICAGO (AP) -- Several Wisconsin unions are challenging the constitutionality of Gov. Scott Walker's controversial law that restricted collective bargaining by public employees.

Arguments are scheduled to start before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago on Monday.

In March, U.S. District Judge William Conley overturned a part of the law requiring that unions hold elections each year for members to retain their official status. The judge also said the law illegally halted automatic withdrawal of union dues. The majority of the law remained untouched.

The lawsuit is one of three pending in state or federal courts. A state court Sept. 14 threw out major parts of the 2011 law. The state is also appealing that ruling.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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