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Minnesotans Join Wisconsin Union Rally In Hudson

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Protestors demonstrate in the capitol rotunda on February 25, 2011 in Madison, Wisconsin. Demonstrators have occupied the building for the past 11 days protesting the governor's attempt to push through a bill that would restrict collective bargaining for most government workers. Early this morning the state assembly passed the bill. (credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Protestors demonstrate in the capitol rotunda on February 25, 2011 in Madison, Wisconsin. Demonstrators have occupied the building for the past 11 days protesting the governor’s attempt to push through a bill that would restrict collective bargaining for most government workers. Early this morning the state assembly passed the bill. (credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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By Bruce Hagevik, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesotans joined in a pro-union rally Saturday in Hudson, Wis. Several dozen teachers who belong to Education Minnesota traveled there to show support for Wisconsin union workers trying to retain collective bargaining rights.

“One of the big purposes, I think, is to show solidarity for educators and public workers in Wisconsin and that we stand with our brothers and sisters and want to help them,” said Tom Dooher, president of Education Minnesota.

WCCO’s Bruce Hagevik Interviews Tom Dooher

There’s an effort in the Wisconsin legislature to take away most collective bargaining rights from union workers as the state struggles with a budget deficit.

“We know that if it happens to one it could happen to any of us,” said Dooher.

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