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Wisconsin union leaders to speak out against right-to-work

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin union leaders are gathering to speak out against a fast-tracked right-to-work bill in the Legislature.

Workers from the public and private sectors planned to speak out against the bill at a Monday news conference. A public hearing on the Republican-backed measure is scheduled for Tuesday at the Capitol, with Senate debate beginning Wednesday.

Right-to-work laws prohibit unions from reaching labor deals with businesses that require private-sector workers to pay fees to the union.

Proponents see it as a way to help the economy and give workers more freedom to choose whether they want to pay union dues. Opponents say the laws are designed to cripple unions and will lead to worse pay and benefits for workers.

Rallies are also planned for Tuesday and Wednesday at the Capitol.

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