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VOL. 126 | NO. 41 | Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Obama: Public Employees Should Not be Vilified

PHILIP ELLIOTT | Associated Press

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WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama says public employees should not have their rights infringed upon as states look for ways to cut spending.

Speaking to the nation's governors, Obama says he understands the fiscal challenges facing cash-strapped states and says everyone should be prepared "to give something up". But he says that shouldn't mean public employees are "vilified" during budget debates.

Obama's comments come as Republican governors in Wisconsin and Ohio back bills that would end collective bargaining agreements for public employees.

The governors are in town for meeting of the National Governors Association.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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