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Wis. teachers union asks people to come to Madison


MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The leader of Wisconsin's largest teachers union wants all state residents to join protests in Madison against bill that would strip most public workers of almost all their collective bargaining rights.

Wisconsin Education Association Council President Mary Bell did not explicitly call on teachers to skip classes during a news conference outside the state Capitol on Wednesday evening, but she did say that all Wisconsinites should look into their hearts and come to Madison on Thursday and Friday.

As of late Wednesday evening, Madison schools planned to close for a second consecutive day on Thursday because of anticipated teacher absences. The Oregon School District also had decided to close because of expected absences.

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