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Obama on the Wisconsin Impasse Over Bargaining Rights for Public Workers

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Published on Mar 1, 2011

In Feb. 2011, Governor Walker of Wisconsin demanded passage of a law that would sharply curtail collective bargaining rights for public workers. Minority Democrats in the state senate left the state to prevent passage. Public workers staged a prolonged sit-in demonstration in the state capitol.
Two clips: The first is a recording of a campaign speech by candidate Obama in 2008 to a union audience. (The recording was replayed on Feb. 27, 2011 on Harry Shearer's Le Show: http://harryshearer.com/news/le_show/...) The second President Obama's to the Wisconsin impasse. (Video excerpt from the NY Times blog "The Caucus" of Feb. 18, 2011 at http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/20...).

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