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Organized Labor Dodges the 'Right to Work'


With help of Republican Governor Rick Snyder, organized labor dodged the "Right to Work" Thursday because House republicans didn't introduce the controversial measure.

When the governor contends Right to Work is a divisive issue, the state police were out in force just in case the debate inside the capitol turned ugly. It didn't, but the state police were everywhere as organized labor called in its troops to lobby lawmakers in hopes of blocking the measure.

The governor started his day with fourth graders talking about energy, while the demonstrators gathered in the rotunda. In his comments on the issue, the governor advises he does not want this to drag on.

"It takes the oxygen out of the room, so hopefully the is something where we can get some closure relatively soon," said Snyder.

The governor returned to the capitol to huddle with the GOP legislative leaders who were not talking.

While labor milled around, there was speculation that the governor and the senate GOP leader did not want to move on this, but the House speaker did in declaring a sort of cease fire, the governor would not confirm that two to one vote.

"I would hope people would remain calm over the next few days and give people time to have a good conversation between parties, between business and labor," said Snyder.

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