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Michigan governor signs 'right-to-work' bills
 
Pro-union protesters gather in 2011 to protest Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's budget cuts.
Pro-union protesters gather in 2011 to protest Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's budget cuts.
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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) on Tuesday signed into law so-called "right-to-work" bills prohibiting unions from compelling workers to become members and pay dues. The bills, passed earlier in the day by the GOP-controlled state legislature, are considered a massive defeat for organized labor in Michigan, which has a rich union history. The law makes Michigan the 24th state with right-to-work laws. Supporters say the laws give workers more choice and boost economic growth, but critics say the real intent is to weaken organized labor by bleeding unions of money needed to bargain effectively with management.

 

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