BREAKING NEWS: Snyder Signs Right to Work into Law

By: News 10
By: News 10

UPDATE: 5:50PM: Governor Snyder says he has signed the Right to Work legislation into law. The Governor made the announcement at a press conference at 5:45pm. Watch News 10 tonight for more on the signing of Right to Work legislation in Michigan.

UPDATE: 1:40PM: LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- The Michigan Legislature has given final approval to a contentious right-to-work plan limiting the power of unions, sending it to Republican Gov. Rick Snyder for his expected signature.
The GOP-controlled House passed two bills Tuesday that were previously approved by the Senate. One dealt with public-sector workers and another focused on the private sector. Both chambers had approved a version of the private sector bill last week.
Snyder says he expects to sign the plan as early as Wednesday.
The labor stronghold of Michigan would become the 24th right-to-work state, banning requirements that nonunion employees pay unions for negotiating contracts and other services.
Passage followed numerous unsuccessful challenges from Democrats as well as raucous protests inside and outside the Capitol from thousands of pro-union demonstrators.

UPDATE: 12:05 PM House Bill 4003, dealing with Right To Work for public sector employees, has passed the MI House by a vote of 58-51.

State troopers armed with tear gas canisters, pepper spray and batons are among dozens of officers guarding the Capitol in Lansing as the right-to-work battle heats up in Michigan.

About 20 troopers alone were assembled in front the House chamber doors on Tuesday as protesters gathered in the rotunda area and hallways in anticipation that lawmakers would finalize divisive right-to-work legislation.

Stomping protesters chanted, "No justice. No Peace" and "Shut it down."

Several of the troopers in front of the House doors were armed with tear gas canisters, pepper spray and batons.
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News 10's Lindsay Veremis reports that the House is voting on 2 separate bills. One was originally a House Bill and deals with public workers. The other is originally a senate bill that deals with private workers. The Senate already voted on both of those bills. The House just needs to concur.
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10am: House goes into session. The House Speaker's Press Secretary, Ari Adler, says the House will be taking the "Freedom to Work" bills up earlier rather than later in the session.
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The state Capitol in Lansing is filling with demonstrators, as the House and Senate get set to resume work on so-called right-to-work legislation.

Crowds of protesters are shouting slogans such as "No Justice, no peace" and "Hey hey, ho ho, right to work has got to go." The hallways and rotunda area are protected by dozens of state police armed with riot clubs.

Spectators lined up in the dark Tuesday morning before the building opened, shouting and stomping their feet in below-freezing temperatures.

Four large inflatable toy rats were set up on the Capitol lawn. They bore the names of Gov. Rick Snyder, House Speaker Jase Bolger, Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville and Dick DeVos, a Grand Rapids businessman whom union leaders believe is pushing the right-to-work bills.

Michigan State House of Representatives 'Right to Work' Coverage with Lindsay Veremis

Michigan State Senate 'Right to Work' Coverage with Fay Li

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  • by 44 YEARS IN THE UNION Location: LANSING on Dec 11, 2012 at 04:26 PM
    SO DO YOU THINK THAT WHEN THERE ARE NO MORE UNIONS IN MICHIGAN, WHAT RIGHT TO WORK SUPPORTERS REALY WANT TO HAPPEN, THAT YOU WILL BE PAID THE SAME KIND WAGES, HAVE THE SAME BENEFITS, HAVE THE SAME LEVEL OF SAFETY IN THE WORK PLACE, BE ABLE TO GET YOUR JOB BACK IF YOU UNFAIRLY TERMINATED,ALL THE RIGHTS YOU HAVE NOW BECAUSE OF WHAT UNIONS HAVE DONE FOR YOU? IF SO YOU ARE DREAMING!
  • by Ken Robert Location: Lansing on Dec 11, 2012 at 03:26 PM
    For over 30 yrs. I fought with the union to represent everyone and not just the people that agreed with them, to no avail. I was forced to pay even though my views and those of many others were ignored. Now they will need to work for all the members if they want the money
  • by barbara Location: mason on Dec 11, 2012 at 03:16 PM
    good job governor!!! we are moving in the right direction. watching how the union people are reacting to the news, i would be embarrased to belong to a union. that is not how adults should act and doing so they cannot be taken seriously!
  • by Terry Location: Florida on Dec 11, 2012 at 12:19 PM
    This is great news. It will bring jobs and businesses to Michigan. I am a retired UAW member, and ,yes, I support this law. We need to move forward. It's payback for having Obama care shoved up our donkeys.
  • by Kelly Location: Lansing on Dec 11, 2012 at 12:15 PM
    Ridiculous that Snyder allowed this to happen to our State, especially one that has proven to be a solid UNION based community. Hopefully people find out real quick about all the back door deals he wanted about the offer he made to the Unions saying vote me in for another term and I will ignore this. Unions the bad guy NO WAY u R SNYDER your the theif and your ruining our state w/ your own political agenda
  • by David Location: TEXAS on Dec 11, 2012 at 12:01 PM
    Anonymous "will glady stand by those rats!!" I think he better find another ship so he doesnt go down with the ship also. Anonymous, come on down to TEXAS, we have plenty of jobs here, even one for you. Remember WE are a right to work state. And we drink water, not Kool-Aid.
  • by Mike Location: DeWitt on Dec 11, 2012 at 11:44 AM
    Love it!! Way to go Governor and legislature. We've finally moved out of the dark-ages. Now the state can grow, industry won't be afraid to locate here and our revenue base can grow accordingly.
  • by Ticked-off on Dec 11, 2012 at 11:32 AM
    Those that refuse to join or pay for union representation should NOT reap the benefits of union protection or benefits. They should be totally on their own to fend for themselves in the workplace. Management can do ANYTHING they want to an employee within the law, including firing out-of-hand. And with the scarcity of jobs out there, management has the upper hand to do anything they want. Let these employees stand on their own and see how far they get. There is no fairness without unions. It's an environment of every man for himself and of course, management protects their own. Just look at the bonuses that still get presented to those at the upper level. While the rank & file are lucky to get COLA. Hopefully this RTW bill will go before the courts and be repealed. Goodbye Snyder, do what damage you can now cuz your time in office is limited!!
  • by Lance Location: Mid-Michigan on Dec 11, 2012 at 11:18 AM
    On this day of days I have officially gave up my favorable opinions of the "right". From this day forward I will forever be a Democrat.
  • by Brian Location: Charlotte on Dec 11, 2012 at 10:51 AM
    I view this as "Pro-Choice" legislation for American Workers. Freedom to choose.
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