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Union Workers Protest Right to Work

Droves of demonstrators protested "right to work" at the state capitol earlier on Wednesday.

That's before a bill has even been introduced.

On Tuesday Governor Snyder says right to work is on the agenda and rumors are starting to swirl, saying the GOP majority may try to push through legislation in the "lame duck" session.

That legislation would prohibit unions from collecting dues from non-union members.

They came by the hundreds, armed with a message.

Crowd Chanting: "Right to work has got to go."

Brett Brown, Union Worker: "Right to work isn't good for the state, it doesn't create jobs it costs jobs."

Miya Williamson, Union Worker: "Michigan's economy is finally growing and when you take people's pay and wages away from them - that takes money out of the economy."

While protestors filled the rotunda, so did cops.

Gene Adamczyk, Michigan State Police: "We wanna make sure that everyone does it safely and the building remains intact."

While the protestors were certainly the loudest voice in the house, they weren't the only one.

Wendy Day: "We do not need unions to protect us. I want the choice to whether to join the union or not."

But nearly everyone protesting sees it differently and they're waiting for Governor Snyder to take a position.

Brown: "I think he's wishy washy, I don't think he's got any backbone at all."

And he's not the only one who thinks that.

Gretchen Whitmer, House Minority Leader: "I mean it is ludicrous that the governor thinks he can smile and get away with not telling the Michigan electorate and the Michigan voters and taxpayers where he stands on this important issue."

And looking ahead, Democrats promise to fight--

Whitmer: "We're in the minority, but we're gonna use every tool we can to stop this from happening."

And protestors promise they aren't giving up either, protestors say they plan to be back at the capitol at 10am on Thursday.

 

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