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Politics

Gov. Walker Calls For Sweeping Labor, Union Restrictions

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Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker is calling for sweeping restrictions on organized labor in the U.S. He says he seeks to replicate nationwide his successful effort as Wisconsin's governor to curb the power of unions.

At a town hall meeting in Las Vegas today, Walker will propose eliminating unions for federal workers and making all workplaces right-to-work … unless individual states vote otherwise.

He also wants to scrap the federal agency that oversees unfair labor practices and make it more difficult for unions to organize.

Labor law experts say such an effort would effectively eliminate unions in America or substantially reduce their power.

Walker could enact some proposals via presidential executive order, but others would require an act of Congress or changes in federal regulations.