Ruling leads to call for right to work in Wis.

CREATED Jan 18, 2013

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A federal appeals court ruling upholding Wisconsin's law effectively ending collective bargaining for public workers is leading to a call for the state to pass a right to work law.

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday upheld the law passed in 2011, while other court challenges are pending.

Still, National Right to Work Foundation President Mark Mix says the ruling should motivate the Republican-controlled Legislature to pass a right to work law like was done in Michigan last month.

He says "No Wisconsin public worker should ever be forced to pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment."

Gov. Scott Walker has said he won't pursue right to work this year.