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In a government shutdown, who is “essential”?

With a federal government shutdown looming, Elaine Mitchell is wondering if she's "essential" and if she'll get paid, or when.

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Texas joins national protests

Activists note even in Republican dominated Texas, protests for public workers and labor rights have been occuring throughout the state almost every day.

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1,000 in Olympia: Put people first, close tax loopholes

The legislature is grappling with budget deficits estimated at $5.1 billion, yet ballot initiatives pushed through by Republican extremists last November block every measure to increase revenues.

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Public service union leader urges Boehner to cool violent rhetoric

AFSCME president Gerald McEntee has called upon the House Speaker John Boehner to "stop using violent metaphors and demonizing public employees."

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Attacks on public workers put women in bulls’-eye

Women are calling Republican budget cuts and attacks on public employees a double-barreled "war on women."

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Video: Farmer-labor alliance reborn in Wisconsin

March 12 the big tractors thundered into Madison, Wisconsin.

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Students nationwide rally for public workers

More than 10,000 students and supporters rallied nationwide during a national day of action to defend public education and the rights of public workers.

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Conn. gov joins in "We are one with the workers of Wisconsin"

"I am proud to stand with you and the workers of Wisconsin," Connecticut Gov. Daniel Malloy told hundreda at a Hartford rally Tuesday.

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Kasich declares war on workers

Ohio's Republican Governor-elect John Kasich declared war on all public employees and workers employed under state contracts - a full month before taking office.

Anger erupts over slash-to-the-bone state budget

SEATTLE - Public employee unions and the people they serve denounced the budget unveiled by Gov. Chris Gregoire, which slashes vital services and jobs.

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