ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Unionized workers in Minnesota are opposing a measure that would strip most Wisconsin public employees of their collective bargaining rights.
The mention of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal drew boos at a union rally attended by about 300 people at the Minnesota Capitol on Wednesday.
Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson says the legislation is an attack on working people. She is asking the Minnesota workers to show solidarity with those in Wisconsin.
Snowplow drivers, teachers and other union workers were rallying to support Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton’s budget plan to raise high-end income taxes, carrying signs saying, “Tax the rich” and “Create jobs now.”
The Wisconsin measure would end collective bargaining, except over limited wage increases, for state, county and local workers, except for police, firefighters and the state patrol.
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