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Wisconsin union leader headlines Saturday rally

A firefighters union leader from Wisconsin will address Portland-area labor supporters at a noon rally Saturday at Pioneer Courthouse Square.

Mahlon Mitchell, president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin, led members into a protest at the state Capitol in Madison during nearly of month of protests against legislation that would strip public employees' unions of some bargaining rights.

Activists there occupied the Capitol to protest Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's efforts.

Union activists in Portland are holding a rally to protest government benefits cuts and support the need for more jobs across the state.