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Madison teachers contracts in limbo after Act 10 court ruling

MADISON, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News)  No one knows what will happen to the contracts negotiated after a Madison judge said Wisconsin's Act-10 was unconstitutional for local and school unions. The State Supreme Court threw out that ruling yesterday, when it upheld the public union bargaining limits for both state and local workers.

After the Colas ruling the Madison School District extended teacher contracts through mid-2016. Spokeswoman Rachel Strauch-Nelson said the district believes it was on "solid ground" to negotiate those deals, and they'll continue to be honored. State Attorney General J-B Van Hollen said he had no idea if contracts like that are valid. He expects lawsuits will answer that question.

The Wisconsin State Journal said eight Madison city contracts were due to expire next March -- but officials have been working on a plan to have those packages end in December. City Attorney Michael May said the validity of those deals was put into question by the Supreme Court ruling. Dane County also has union contracts in effect through 2016. County Board chair Sharon Corrigan is awaiting clarification, but she believes the contracts were negotiated in good faith and they should remain valid.

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