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White House: Wis. vote "vilifies" public workers


WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKOW) -- A White House spokesman says President Barack Obama thinks the recent vote to strip collective bargaining rights from government workers is an assault on all public employees.

White House Spokesman Jay Carney says the President thinks it is wrong for Wisconsin to use budget concerns "to denigrate or vilify public sector employees."

The Wisconsin Senate voted Wednesday night using a procedural move to pass an anti-bargaining rights measure without any Senate Democrats present in the chamber.

The measure has been pushed by Governor Scott Walker and has rallied the labor movement in opposition. Obama has argued that public employee should not be exempt from financial sacrifice, but he has criticized the efforts to weaken public employees' bargaining rights.

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