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Protests Prompt School Closings

Classes are cancelled Tuesday in one of Michigan's largest public school districts because most of its 800 teachers plan to attend a protest in Lansing over the Legislature's move to pass a right-to-work law.

Warren Consolidated Schools spokesman Robert Freehan tells The Macomb Daily of Mount Clemens that about 500 teachers have taken a personal day, and the suburban Detroit district will cancel classes for its 16,000 students. Suburban Detroit's Taylor school district also is closed Tuesday.

Warren's teachers are represented by the Michigan Education Association.

Republican spokesman Matt Frendewey says thousands of students will miss class "because union bosses are afraid to give workers in Michigan a choice in their union representation."

Right-to-work laws bar unions from collecting mandatory fees from workers they represent under collective bargaining agreements.

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