Wisconsin judge declines to block new right-to-work law, in blow to unions

Associated Press

A Madison judge has declined to block Wisconsin's new right-to-work law.

Dane County Circuit Judge William Foust rejected a request by three unions to grant temporary injunction blocking the law during a hearing on Thursday. The law will remain in effect while the unions' lawsuit proceeds.

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The unions, including the Wisconsin AFL-CIO, say the law amounts to an unconstitutional seizure of their property because it allows workers who don't pay union dues to still receive union benefits.

State attorneys say the law is constitutional since it technically doesn't take any money out of union coffers.