A federal appeals court has upheld Gov. Scott Walker's bill that strips public unions of collective bargaining rights.
Two unions representing city of Madison and Dane County workers filed a lawsuit in 2011, alleging the law violated their right to free assembly and equal protection.
U.S. District Judge William Conley found the restrictions constitutional last year.
A three judge panel of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Friday affirmed Judge Conley's ruling, saying the U. S. Constitution doesn't require the state to maintain policies that allow certain associations to thrive.