State budget fights fire up union; Obama involved (AP) – 5th Edition

22 02 2011

FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2011, file photo AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka addresses demonstrators at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., on the fourth day of large scale protests by union members, students, and others against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's bill to eliminate collective bargaining rights for many state workers. The brash moves by GOP lawmakers like Walker have brought unions, which suffered a bitter split in 2005, back together in a way that would have been unthinkable a few years ago. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, Michael P. King, File)AP – Organized labor is trying to re-energize and take advantage of the growing backlash from the wave of anti-union sentiment in Wisconsin and more than a dozen other states.

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