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SNYDER SIGNS "RIGHT TO WORK" BILLS

Governor Snyder waited to take a position on "right to work" until late in the game but when he finally did, he said if the legislation came to his desk he would sign it.

That's exactly what happened on Tuesday.

As protesters raged outside his office, Governor Snyder signed "right to work" into law.

So why did he sign the bills in private?

Governor Rick Snyder: "There's no reason to create more hardship or people feeling bad so viewed it as important, just sign the bills- lets move forward."

Move forward, even though thousands begged him not to.

Gov. Snyder: "Well I appreciate they have a different perspective but this is the right move for Michigan."

Snyder says that's because "right to work" will create choice for workers and jobs for Michigan.

Gov. Snyder: "It brought thousands of jobs to Indiana, even this year."

While those outside called him a union buster, Governor Snyder says the new legislation has the power to actually strengthen unions.

Gov. Snyder: "Unions can work on how best to redo what they're doing to be innovative, to come up with ideas to get em on board, because I want to see em get people on board, that's a good outcome."

The governor says Tuesday is a victory for Michigan workers.

Gov. Snyder: "I believe its a good day for Michigan and I know not everyone agrees with that but we just need to continue to work together in a respectful fashion."

And he hopes as the ink dries on the new law, that can begin.

Governor Snyder says he expects the law will face some legal hurdles but he doesn't expect it to be overturned.

 

It wasn't even on the agenda one week ago. But today, Michigan is the 24th "Right To Work" state.

Lawmakers introduced the bills on Thursday. Governor Rick Snyder signed two bills into law late Tuesday.

The bills lets workers decide whether to join a union in places where it have previously been mandatory.

Supporters say it will mean more business and more jobs. Critics, including most unions, say it will weaken worker protections and mean shrinking salaries.

We'll have complete coverage tonight on 6 News at 6.

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