In this Friday, Feb. 25, 2011 photograph, people in a large crowd wave signs and shout as labor unions and supporters outside New Jersey's Statehouse in Trenton, N.J. rally in support of Wisconsin workers locked in a battle over collective bargaining rights. Many private-sector workers look at public workers and see lucrative pension benefits they don't ever expect to get. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

WAYNESBURG, Pa. (AP) — Nearly 3,000 union mine workers rallied today in southwestern Pennsylvania, the first major gathering of union members outside the states where lawmakers are already battling over collective bargaining rights.

Despite the passage of laws aimed at restricting collective bargaining rights in Wisconsin and Ohio, those at Friday’s event said it was not too late to prevent similar laws in other states.

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