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Wisconsin has a new law, but future of unions still a hot issue

Gov. Scott Walker has prevailed so far in his effort to strip public employees of most collective bargaining rights. The epic political battle in Wisconsin has accelerated the national debate on the role of labor unions.

Despite the cold, tens of thousands of protesters turned out to rally on Saturday, March 12, against Gov. Scott Walker's budget bill repealing most collective bargaining rights for public employee unions.

Ann Hermes/The Christian Science Monitor

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A day after Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed an act that strips collective-bargaining rights from public employee unions, protesters in the state capital made clear that they don't think the fight is over.

Thousands of union members and labor supporters rallied in the state capital, Madison, determined to continue opposing the new law.

In fact, the epic political battle in Wisconsin appears to have only accelerated, not decided, a national debate on the role of labor unions for public-sector workers.

IN PICTURES: Wisconsin Capitol protests

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