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Thousands to converge for hearing on union bill


MADISON (AP) -- Thousands of people were expected to converge on the state Capitol for a public hearing on Gov. Scott Walker's proposal doing away with collective bargaining rights for public employees.

Walker argues the workers are getting by easy compares to private sector employees and they need to be forced to pay more for health care benefits and their pensions. He's proposing that their rights to bargain over everything except wages to a limited extent be removed.

Walker says the changes are needed to help deal with the state's projected $3.6 billion budget shortfall.

Unions and Democratic critics say Walker has declared war against middle class workers and his proposal would devastate the state's economy.

The hearing on his bill was expected to last all day Tuesday.

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