AFL-CIO leader slams Wisconsin GOP on union curbs

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Posted: Mar 10, 2011 11:37 AM
AFL-CIO leader slams Wisconsin GOP on union curbs

The head of the nation's largest labor federation calls the Wisconsin Senate's move to strip most public workers of collective bargaining rights a "corruption of democracy."

AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka said Thursday the move has led to a backlash and created more solidarity in the labor movement.

Trumka's speech at the National Press Club calls on progressive leaders to transform their outrage into a movement that fights against efforts to curb union rights.

He jokes that unions should give Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker their "Mobilizer of the Year" award for galvanizing support for labor among thousands of protesters and national polls.

Walker says the limits on collective bargaining are needed to help cut the state's budget shortfall.