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Law limiting collective bargaining upheldSubmitted: 07/31/2014
MADISON - After protests, recall elections and lawsuits, a state supreme court decision came down Thursday morning on the law that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers.

The court has upheld the 2011 law in a split decision.

The court ruled 5-2 Thursday morning that the law is valid.

The decision came in a challenge filed by the Madison teachers union and a union representing Milwaukee public workers.

They had argued that the law violated workers' constitutional rights to free assembly and equal protection.

A federal appeals court twice upheld the law as constitutional.

The law prohibits public worker unions from collectively bargaining for anything beyond wage increases based on inflation.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker introduced it shortly after taking office.

He rose to national prominence as he defended the law and won the 2012 recall election.

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