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GOP legislation a concern for Arizona labor unions

In a state not regarded as a bastion for labor, Arizona union activists are visiting the State Capitol in Phoenix to urge lawmakers to reject majority Republicans’ bills on union activities and other issues.

About 200 people are participating in the Arizona AFL-CIO’s “day of action.” The hours-long event Tuesday is designed around having union members buttonhole individual legislators.

That relatively low-key approach stands in contrast to Wisconsin protests that have attracted tens of thousands of people opposed to legislation to restrict collective bargaining for public employees.

Arizona bills specifically related to unions include measures on picketing and dues withholding for political purposes. Other legislative issues of concern include public employee pensions and privatizing government services.

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