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Federal appeals court upholds collective bargaining law

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Governor Scott Walker's collective bargaining law is constitutional. That's the ruling from a federal appeals court in Chicago.

Governor Walker visited Eagle River on Friday for the snowmobile derby. But he took time to comment on what he calls a big victory.

"It's a win for the taxpayers," said Walker. "This is one of those where our reforms firmly put the power back in the hands of the hardworking taxpayers in the state, instead of a limited number of special interests in the government side of things."

The latest ruling comes after a district court judge overturned part of the law, known as Act 10, in March. The law stripped most public workers of their collective bargaining rights. That led to a recall election against Governor Walker, that he eventually won.

 "I think that affirms what we've said, and the attorney general have said all along, that this is not only good public policy, it's legally upheld and will continue to be upheld."

But opponents of the law say this ruling is a step in the wrong direction. The Wisconsin Education Association Council says the law takes away their voice.

"This marks a setback," said Christina Brey, WEAC Spokesperson. "But the fact of the matter is that our members will not give up on their commitment to restoring their rights to negotiate for fair wages and safe working conditions in the schools in which they work."

It's unknown at this time if the WEAC plans on challenging Friday's ruling. A spokesperson tells Newsline 9 they'll take a few days to review their options and decide where to go from there.

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