Michigan Legislature Passes Right-To-Work Plan

LANSING, Mich. (December 11, 2012)--The Michigan Legislature has gave final approval Tuesday to a contentious right-to-work plan limiting the power of unions and sent it to Republican Gov. Rick Snyder for his expected signature.

The GOP-controlled House passed two bills Tuesday that were previously approved by the Senate.

One dealt with public-sector workers and another focused on the private sector.

Both chambers approved a version of the private sector bill last week.

Snyder says he expects to sign the plan as early as Wednesday.

The labor stronghold of Michigan would become the 24th right-to-work state, banning requirements that nonunion employees pay unions for negotiating contracts and other services.

Passage followed a number of unsuccessful challenges from Democrats as well as raucous protests inside and outside the Capitol from thousands of pro-union demonstrators.

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