Pennsylvania school teachers on a strike's picket line
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Levittown: Teachers at centre of public spending row

5 June 2012 Last updated at 19:46 BST

A Tuesday recall election of anti-union Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is the latest battle in the national showdown in a between organised labour and its conservative foes.

In the latest of our series on Levittown, Pennsylvania, we look at how a teachers' strike shows animosity toward public employees has laid bare the tensions in America's long economic downturn.

Produced by the BBC's David Botti