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Pete Seeger Praises Wisconsin Effort Against Bill on Collective Bargaining

March 4, 2011

Folk music legend Pete Seeger says he is pulling for the demonstrators in Wisconsin who want to stop a bill eliminating most collective bargaining rights from public workers.

The 91-year-old Seeger told The Associated Press on Friday that the uproar over Republican Gov. Scott Walker's proposal may be a good thing. He says it shows the whole country how much we need unions. Seeger, who has been singing about union rights since the 1940s, says, "We may end up thanking him."

Walker's proposal would take away the right of nearly all public workers to collectively bargain, except over salary increases no larger than the rate of inflation.

Tens of thousands of people have marched to protest the bill, including at two rallies that attracted around 70,000 people each.

Source: (C) The Canadian Press, 2011

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