Protests continue over right-to-work legislation

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The protests aren't over in Michigan, where the state legislature has given final approval today to anti-union legislation.

Dozens of state troopers in riot gear have been sweeping protesters away from a state building where Gov. Rick Snyder has an office, across from the Capitol. Two people were arrested earlier after trying to get into the building.

The Michigan House approved legislation that will keep unions from collecting mandatory fees from workers they represent under collective bargaining agreements. Supporters of the plan say it will bring more jobs and give workers more choice. But critics say the goal is to weaken organized labor.

Thousands of union supporters gathered at the state Capitol before today's vote, denouncing what they called a union-busting effort. After one House vote, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and about 70 others sat on the floor of the Capitol Rotunda.

Protesters began chanting "veto" when word spread that the House had approved the legislation. But the governor is expected to sign it, as soon as tomorrow.

After the vote, state troopers continued guarding House and Senate chamber entrances as protesters clogged the Capitol steps outside.

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