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Union leader objects to petition restrictions


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The head of the largest union representing Wisconsin state workers says Gov. Scott Walker's administration is placing unconstitutional restrictions on where signatures to recall the governor from office can be collected.

Wisconsin State Employees Union director Marty Beil sent a letter of complaint Wednesday to the secretary of Walker's Department of Administration. In the letter, Beil says at least three state agencies have said employees are forbidden from collecting signatures while on state property, or during work breaks or their lunch hours.

Beil says that is a violation of the workers' free speech rights and asked that the policies be rescinded. A spokeswoman for the Department of Administration did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

More than 540,000 signatures are needed to force a recall election.

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APNP-12-01-11 1030CST

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