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Confusion in wake of Wisconsin union ruling


Wisconsin school and government worker unions are considering whether to seek new contract talks after a court threw out parts of a controversial law that restricts public employee collective bargaining.

At least one major union says it will demand new contract negotiations, while others are considering their options.

A state court Friday ruled that the law, passed in 2011 by the Republican-controlled legislature, violated workers constitutional rights. Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has said he will ask a court to put the ruling on hold while he appeals it.

The ruling came in one of a number of lawsuits that are expected to determine the fate of a budget reform initiative by Gov. Scott Walker that became the focal point of a national debate over worker rights.

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