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Workers Stage Silent "Right To Work" Protest

Silent protests are taking place a day after Republicans converted Michigan from a seemingly impregnable fortress of organized labor into a right-to-work state.

Protesters covered their mouths with tape Wednesday in Lansing with the words "$1,500 less" written on it in reference to wage cuts they expect. Protests took place in Saginaw and were planned elsewhere.

The protests were in contrast to the day before. The state House swiftly approved two bills reducing unions' strength Tuesday, one dealing with private-sector workers and the other with public employees, as thousands of furious protesters at the state Capitol roared in vain.

Republican Governor Rick Snyder signed the measures into law within hours, calling them "pro-worker and pro-Michigan."

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