LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- 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 with the words "$1,500 less" written on it in reference to wage cuts they expect.
The protest was 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 Gov. Rick Snyder signed the measures into law within hours, calling them "pro-worker and pro-Michigan."