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GOP leader: Changes in union bill won't be major

GOP leader: Changes in union bill won't be major
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Wednesday, February 16, 2011 - 6:27pm

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Republican leader in the Wisconsin Senate says the GOP plans no major changes in Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to strip collective bargaining rights from nearly all public employees.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said Wednesday that some changes would be made to the bill, but the core parts of Walker's plan would remain, including the provision affecting collective bargaining and another one requiring employees to make larger contributions to their pensions and health insurance.

Walker and party leaders have expressed confidence the bill would pass, even as more than 10,000 protesters flooded the Capitol over the past two days to try to stop the bill.

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