By SAM HANANEL
WASHINGTON (AP) — AFL-CIO leaders are deciding how they can better coordinate efforts to help pro-union protesters in Wisconsin.
Officials at the nation’s largest labor federation say they are looking for a more strategic approach to help keep the crowds large as protests enter a third week.
The strategy sessions are part of the AFL-CIO’s annual winter meeting this week.
AFL-CIO officials have been helping organize protests in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and other states where GOP officials seek to curb union rights.
Demonstrators are trying to pressure Republican Gov. Scott Walker to abandon a measure that would end collective bargaining rights for nearly all of Wisconsin’s public workers. Walker said it will help close a projected $3.6 billion deficit in the state’s budget.