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Wisconsin GOP leaders say they won't eliminate private sector unions

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Protesters crowd the State capitol grounds as members of the Wisconsin State Government discuss a proposed bill by Republican Governor Scott Walker, in Madison February 18, 2011. The proposal by Walker to curb the bargaining rights of public unions in order to make immediate budget savings has sparked outrage among union workers in the state. REUTERS/Darren Hauck
Protesters crowd the State capitol grounds as members of the Wisconsin State Government discuss a proposed bill by Republican Governor Scott Walker, in Madison February 18, 2011. The proposal by Walker to curb the bargaining rights of public unions in order to make immediate budget savings has sparked outrage among union workers in the state. REUTERS/Darren Hauck

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin’s Republican legislative leaders say they will not try to eliminate private sector employee unions, as some Democrats fear.

Voters put the GOP back in charge of both houses, more than a year-and-a-half after those Republicans virtually eliminated collective bargaining privileges for most public employee unions in the state.

The issue made the State Capitol even more politically polarized than it had been.

Republican Governor Scott Walker previously said that private unions are a partner in creating jobs – and he’d be against going after them, like he did with the public unions.

This week, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and possible GOP Assembly Speaker Robin Vos both said private union restrictions won’t happen. 

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