7th Circuit upholds constitutionality of controversial Wisconsin union law

The law severely limits collective bargaining and bans automatic due deduction from paychecks

The Midwest is quickly becoming a treacherous place for unions, with right-to-work laws passing in Michigan and Indiana. Wisconsin may not be a right-to-work state, but a controversial 2011 law severely restricted the power of public-sector unions and led to the attempted recall of Governor Scott Walker.

The failed attempt to recall the governor was not the only backlash. Seven large Wisconsin public-sector unions sued to overturn the law, claiming it violated union members’ equal protection and First Amendment rights. But on Friday, the 7th Circuit found the law to be constitutional.

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