News Summary: Michigan GOP approves right to work

Mich. lawmakers pass right-to-work legislation; police pepper-spray protesters inside Capitol

Associated Press

CONTENTIOUS LEGISLATION: Republicans slammed right-to-work legislation through the Michigan House and Senate, drawing raucous protests from throngs of stunned union supporters, whose outnumbered Democratic allies were powerless to stop it.

WHAT IT MEANS: State lawmakers approved measures prohibiting private unions from requiring that nonunion employees pay fees. The Senate voted to impose the same requirement on most public unions.

NEXT UP: Michigan could become the 24th state with a right-to-work law next week. Rules require a five-day wait before the House and Senate vote on each other's bills; lawmakers are scheduled to reconvene Tuesday and Republican Gov. Rick Snyder has pledged to sign the bills into law.

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