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Wis. employees call for contract approval

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Frustrated state workers are calling on lawmakers to approve new contracts.

Workers stood arm-in-arm at a news conference at the state Capitol on Tuesday and demanded the Legislature take action.

Mike Senn, who teaches inmates at Redgranite Correctional Institution, said he works hard for taxpayers and he never thought he would have to stand up and demand lawmakers do their jobs.

Paul Walton, a state power plant operator, said the uncertainty over the contracts has left thousands of state workers hanging.

The contracts have blossomed into a huge issue in Madison after Republican Gov.-elect Scott Walker demanded work on the deals stop and state employees should make larger contributions to their pensions and health care.

A legislative committee was expected to hold a hearing on the contracts Tuesday afternoon.

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