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"Right To Work" Protest Targets Governor's Office


Wednesday the Capitol, Friday the governor's office.

Sara Wurfel, Press Secretary for Governor Snyder: "As long as people are respectful, this is actually their right- we welcome it."

Wurfel greeted the protestors at the governor's office along with police.

Andy Potter, Union Worker: "It's divisive, it's hurtful, Michiganders don't want it."

Speaking for the group, Potter says he's upset they didn't get to speak with the governor.

Potter: "Its another attempt to not answer to Michiganders, to the public and to hard working class citizens."

And they say Governor Snyder needs to understand their message.

Kyle Ranieri, Protester: "It's shown in statistics in the history of right to work states that it lowers wages and benefits and I wanna be growing up in a state where I can actually make a living."

Wurfel: "He actually sees this as something that really gives the unions an opportunity to really show the case for why they're important."

As protesters left without seeing the governor, Potter says he's not sure where they plan to go from here.

Potter: "Everything is on the table at this point as far as I'm concerned."

But he says union members have a close eye on the lawmakers who supported the bills.

Potter: "Every elected official will be held accountable when the next elections come in 2014 and they'll have to answer to all of us for what they're doing."

So while potter's not sure what will come next, he says he is sure this fight isn't over.




They didn't come in the numbers we saw on Thursday, but a large group of "Right To Work" protesters have camped out near the governor's office.

At least 50 people packed the lobby of the Romney building - across the street from the Capitol - demanding to speak to the governor.

They're upset about the passage of several bills on Thursday that would make Michigan a "Right To Work" state. They would essentially let people decide whether or not they wanted to join unions and pay dues in certain shops where it's currently mandatory.

Governor Rick Snyder, who has avoided the issue for a long time, made up his mind on Thursday and said he's support and sign such a bill.

Snyder, obviously, didn't head down to talk to the protesters.

They stayed for about a half-hour, chanting slogans and making their voices heard.

It was a loud, but peaceful protest. There were no arrests.

A spokesperson for the governor says the people have a right to protest.

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