A federal judge on Wednesday, September 11th dismissed one of the lawsuits challenging Act 10 — the law included in Gov. Scott Walker’s 2011 budget that effectively stripped most public unions of their collective bargaining power.

On Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge William Conley dismissed the constitutional challenges in Laborers Local 236, et al. v. Walker, et al. This lawsuit was filed by Madison public works employees.

The unions claimed that Act 10’s collective bargaining restrictions are unconstitutional — saying the law violates their constitutional rights to assemble freely, and it violates the equal protection clause, in that it treats public safety employees differently.

Conley ruled that the plaintiffs “failed to state a claim for relief under either the First or Fourteenth Amendments.”

Unless I miss my guess, the unions will try some other amendments. There are 27 amendments, so they have plenty to choose from. And maybe they can use the Boland Amendment, too.

Cross-posted and comments welcome at Mr. Dilettante’s Neighborhood.