Thousands march in Olympia over union rights

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by TONYA MOSLEY / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on February 26, 2011 at 4:23 PM

Updated Saturday, Feb 26 at 6:25 PM

OLYMPIA, Wash. - More than 2,500 people gathered on the capitol lawn in Olympia on Saturday in support of union workers.

It was part of a national day of union members fighting in Wisconsin to retain their rights to represent workers and negotiate contracts.

"If workers don't make a decent living American won't be a decent place to live because we're workers," said Jim Hoerst, who drove from Woodinville. "If we don't make any money we don't spend any money, nobody makes any money so they gotta pay us if they want a good country."

A group called "Justice for Taxpayers" also gathered Saturday morning in support of Gov. Scott Walker. Walker is backing legislation that would strip unions of most of their collective bargaining rights.

"The most important job of a governor is to be responsible to the taxpayers and the state that they lead," said talk show host Dave Boze, to a crowd of about 200 supporters.

The two groups rallied along capitol lawn peacefully.

Collin Jergens with the group "Fuse Washington" believes everyone, especially in Washington, should be concerned about this issue.

"We don't believe that cutting nurses and teachers and firefighters is going to rebuild the country and that's what we're worried about right now," he said.

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