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Collective bargaining could be reintroduced

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MADISON (WKOW)-- Republican leaders are considering the possibility of reintroducing collective bargaining restrictions on the floor of the legislature.

That's according to a top aide in senate majority leader Scott Fitzgerald's office.

The law ending most collective bargaining for 175-thousand public employees in Wisconsin is in limbo with lawsuits.

Republicans say they would prefer it be resolved in court, but they're also not ruling out adding the bill to the next two year budget if there's no ruling in the next two months.

All this has pro-labor groups preparing for more protests at the Capitol during the upcoming budget hearings.

"The middle class of WI, the workers of WI, students of WI see that this is going to negatively affect them and come out after that," said Alex Hanna, Teaching Assistants' Association.

Fitzgerald's office says republicans are trying to get the collective bargaining restrictions in place before the current fiscal year ends on June 30th.

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