Lawmakers approve right-to-work legislation
LANSING, Mich. (AP) – As the chants of angry protesters filled the Capitol, Michigan lawmakers gave final approval Tuesday to right-to-work legislation, dealing a devastating and once-unthinkable defeat to organized labor in a state that has been a cradle of the movement for generations.
The Republican-dominated House ignored Democrats’ pleas to delay the passage and instead approved two bills with the same ruthless efficiency that the Senate showed last week. One measure dealt with private sector workers, the other with government employees. Republican Gov. Rick Snyder signed them both within hours.
“This is about freedom, fairness and equality,” House Speaker Jase Bolger said during floor debate. “These are basic American rights – rights that should unite us.”
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