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Unions Feel The Pain Of Providence, RI Teachers

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – The mayor of Providence, R.I., insists that the vast majority of teachers won’t lose their jobs even though the school district has warned them all they could.

Still, the prospect of a mass teacher firing in New England’s second-largest city is sending another ripple of uncertainty through public sector unions that feel under attack in Wisconsin and elsewhere.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports.

The school board of Rhode Island‘s financially troubled capital city voted Thursday to notify every one of its nearly 2,000 teachers that they were subject to being terminated. City officials said the action would give them the ability to make budget cuts.

Providence Teachers Union President Steve Smith called the move a war on workers and a “backdoor Wisconsin.” Teacher John Healy says he feels like he’s being treated like yesterday’s trash.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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