Protesters Circle Capitol Outside State of State

FILE - In this file photo taken Dec. 11, 2012 Gov. Rick Snyder speaks at a news conference in Lansing, Mich. Early forecasts suggest that the political climate at the Michigan Capitol will be chilly when lawmakers return in January. A slightly larger bloc of Democrats in the state House won't be enough to overcome majority Republicans or the GOP grip on the Senate and governor's office. But the party out of power remains bitter about a legislative landslide in the final working days of 2012 that included sending nearly 300 bills to Gov. Snyder and transforming labor bastion Michigan into the nation's 24th right-to-work state. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Labor union members and supporters have gathered outside the Michigan Capitol to protest the passage of right-to-work legislation as Gov. Rick Snyder prepared to give his State of the State address.
Several hundred protesters were circling the Capitol on Wednesday night, and their chants and drum beats could be heard inside the noisy state House chamber where Snyder was preparing to speak.
The Republican governor signed right-to-work measures that cleared the Republican-controlled Legislature in December.
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union member Chris Roggero (ruh-JEHR'-oh) says elected officials ignore the public's wishes and do what they want.
Anti-right-to-work protests drew 10,000 people last month. The measures taking effect in March bar unions from requiring people they represent under collective bargaining agreements to pay fees.

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