Unions, advocacy groups rally at Oregon Capitol

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Thousands of state workers have gathered at the Oregon Capitol to demand fewer cuts to their jobs and the services they provide.

Unions and other advocacy groups brought 36 busloads of demonstrators from around Oregon to the rally on Friday. Many had the day off work because Friday is a furlough day for most state employees, one of 10 unpaid days off that the state scheduled to save money in the current two-year budget period.

Demonstrators are encouraging lawmakers to adopt the recommendations from a report issued by the Service Employees International Union. The report recommended alternatives to service cuts, including more aggressive tax collection and trimming management.