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Public employee unions face rising anger, New York Times reports

Posted January 5, 2011 05:32 PM

Across the nation, a rising irritation with public employee unions is palpable, as a wounded economy has blown gaping holes in state, city and town budgets, and revealed that some public pension funds dangle perilously close to bankruptcy, the New York Times reports.

Read more of the story here and a separate blog post from NYT reporter Michael Powell here.

The Times story says: "In California, New York, Michigan and New Jersey, states where public unions wield much power and the culture historically tends to be pro-labor, even longtime liberal political leaders have demanded concessions — wage freezes, benefit cuts and tougher work rules."

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