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Mass. unions support Wis. workers


BOSTON (WKOW, AP) -- Public employee unions in Massachusetts and other groups are preparing a rally in support of public sector workers in Wisconsin.

The rally is scheduled for Saturday at noon outside of the Statehouse and is part of a national day of action in all 50 states. Protesters will be speaking out against a bill that would take away collective bargaining rights from most public workers in Wisconsin.

Supporters of the bill say it's necessary to help cut Wisconsin's budget deficit.

In Massachusetts, Gov. Deval Patrick has said he supports collective bargaining rights of unions. Gov. Patrick has, however, filed a bill that would give cities and towns more power to make changes in municipal health insurance plans without first getting union approval.

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