As expected, the so-called “right to work” measure was approved by legislators, with Republican Gov. Rick Snyder earlier saying he would sign it. As reported at DemocracyNow:
Pushed through before Democrats gain five House seats in the new legislature next month, opponents call the effort an organized attack against labor that will suppress wages and weaken collective bargaining rights. ‘He’s (Snyder) decided to support the most divisive piece of legislation that’s ever come forward in Michigan,’ says Democratic Michigan State Representative Brandon Dillon.
From NBC News:
Michigan lawmakers gave final approval Tuesday to legislation that would sharply limit labor rights, passing the first of two measures over the objections of thousands of people packing the Capitol in protest, some of whom chanted ‘Shame on you!’ at lawmakers from the House gallery.
The legislation passed by a 58-51 vote. Michigan will become the 24th “right to work” state.
As the vote was taking place, as many as 10,000 people descended on the Capitol, State Police estimated, prompting authorities to restrict access to the building because it was at its capacity of 2,000. The overflow filled the lawn and stretched down East Michigan Avenue to the Lansing Center across the river several blocks away.
About 200 onlookers filled the gallery overlooking the House floor Tuesday.
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