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Wis. Senate leader says he won't negotiate


MADISON (AP) -- Wisconsin Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says a bill taking away collective bargaining rights from public employees is not negotiable and will pass as is.

Democrats and union leaders say they're willing to agree to parts of the proposal that would double their health insurance contributions and require them to contribute 5.8 percent of their salary to their pensions. But they want to keep their collective bargaining rights.

But Fitzgerald said Saturday terms of the bill are not negotiable. He is calling on Democrats who left town Thursday to return to take up the bill.

Fitzgerald says the Senate can meet within three hours if Democrats are ready to return.

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