Some 12,000 people from Michigan and across the Midwest descended on Michigan's Capitol on Tuesday, as the state's Republican-majority House began debating a "right-to-work" bill that would restrict unions. The bill would "strike a heavy blow against unions" by prohibiting them from compelling workers to become members and pay dues. The legislation would cover private and public sector unions, except for firefighters and police. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) has pledged to sign the bill quickly if it is passed, which would make his state — the home of the heavily unionized auto industry — the 24th to institute right-to-work provisions.
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