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VP Biden says labor under direct assault

CINCINNATI (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden says this Labor Day finds unions under the most direct assault in generations and needing to fight to keep from losing hard-won rights.

Biden spoke Monday to a major labor gathering in Cincinnati, as Ohio unions are revving up a campaign to overturn a Republican-pushed law passed this year that restricts collective bargaining for the state's public employees. He says there is a battle across the country for "the heart and soul of the labor movement."

The Ohio GOP chairman, Kevin DeWine, says Biden's visit shows that the Barack Obama administration's economic policies are causing its labor support to wane.