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AFL-CIO Says Unions Won’t Stop Fighting Wis. Bill

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — AFL-CIO leaders say union members in Wisconsin will keep fighting against proposed anti-union legislation, even if it passes.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said Friday that workers won’t stop organizing in the streets, and will certainly make their voices heard at the ballot box.

Tens of thousands of protesters have descended on the Capitol in Madison to oppose the bill. They’re chanting, beating drums and waving signs criticizing Gov. Scott Walker.

The Republican governor wants to remove collective bargaining rights from most public employees. Republican lawmakers say they have enough votes to pass the bill, but Senate Democrats left the Capitol to prevent a vote from being taken.

Trumka says it’s important that unions never give up. He says they’re the last line of defense against corporations that are already too powerful.

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