Religious Leaders Offer Sanctuary To Wis. Dems

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Religious leaders in Illinois and Wisconsin are offering sanctuary to Wisconsin Democrats as they boycott a vote on a Republican bill that would strip public workers of nearly all their collective bargaining rights.

A group of Catholic, Jewish and Protestant leaders say they’re on board with the minority Democrats in the state Senate. The entire caucus fled the state Capitol on Wednesday to avoid voting on the bill.

The bill’s opponents have staged a massive protest at the Capitol that has stretched into its fourth day. Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki weighed in on the bill on Wednesday, saying lawmakers and unions should work together.

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