New England rallies back Wisconsin workers

Posted Feb. 26, 2011, at 1:53 p.m.

Participants in a New Hampshire labor rally in support of Wisconsin workers say the existence of unions benefits the middle class.

Bill Townsend, a 66-year-old manager from Portsmouth, N.H., said a rally Saturday in his home city shows that not everyone agrees with the Republican effort in Wisconsin to strip collective bargaining rights from most public workers.

Thirty-nine-year-old Hampton, N.H., firefighter Walt Madore said he came because he fears legislators in other states will try to strip their workers of rights.

Organizers estimated about 250 people attended the rally sponsored by Seacoast for Change.

Labor groups were rallying in Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire on Saturday in support of Wisconsin workers.