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Unions fighting back against Walker proposal

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MADISON (AP) -- Public and private sector union leaders in Wisconsin are coming together to oppose Gov. Walker's proposal to take away collective bargaining rights for nearly all public employees in the state.

Unions leaders at a news conference Monday say ending collective bargaining will weaken the middle class in Wisconsin. They are urging Walker to instead resume negotiations with the unions.

Walker says he has nothing to negotiate with the unions over because the state is broke. Wisconsin faces a two-year $3.6 billion budget shortfall.

Unions represented at the news conference represent machinists, electricians, construction industries, teachers, University of Wisconsin employees, nurses and others.

Teamster representative Danny McGowan says war has been declared on unions.

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