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Governor, Michigan Republicans Introduce "Right To Work"

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Governor Rick Snyder and the Republican-controlled Legislature's top two leaders say they will push for passage of right-to-work legislation in the next few days.

Snyder says during a news conference in Lansing with House Speaker Jase Bolger and Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville that bills will be introduced Thursday.

Snyder says it's about freedom for workers and is not meant to harm unions or collective bargaining.

"With this issue now on the table, it's time to embrace the benefits that come with giving working men and women the freedom they deserve. The values of freedom, fairness and equality in the workplace should unite us all. And as states fiercely compete for jobs, this legislation will ensure that investors know Michigan is the place to do business," said Snyder in a press release.

He said it wasn't on his agenda previously because there were more pressing issues to deal with, but he says now is the time to move.

The legislation will cover both private and public sector workers, although an exception will be granted for police and firefighters.

If passed by the Republican-controlled legislature, the move would be a huge blow to unions - which are a major political force in the state.

The bill would give workers in union shops the option to join a union and pay dues, rather than making it mandatory.

Union leaders and union members have flooded the Capitol to protest the move and the vote.

Some of them are pushing to put the issue on the ballot and let the people decide, rather than have lawmakers pass the bill in the "lame duck" session.

Republicans say it makes the state more business-friendly and could help draw new businesses and jobs to the state.

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