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Future of unions is uncertain


RACINE, Wis. (WKOW) -- Republican governors and lawmakers work to curb union benefits and bargaining powers after years of declining union membership in states. The issue is dividing residents of even some of the most traditional union strongholds.

The union proposals by governors in Wisconsin and Ohio are generating a lot of discussion in places such as Racine, Wis., and Toledo, Ohio -- two Midwestern manufacturing cities where Unions have flourished for a long time. Although many still support the unions, others are siding with the Republican governors.

National polls show the public's opinion of unions has reduced to near historic lows in recent years. However, surveys also show public opposition to attempts to weaken collective bargaining rights.

The current political standoffs could represent a make or break moment for the future of unions.

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