Hundreds of union members and supporters have rallied outside Michigan's Capitol and across the state during a nationwide day of labor protest.
Roughly 200 people gathered at the Capitol on Monday evening. They focused on what organizers called an attack on union bargaining power and the middle class.
Several hundred people each turned out at rallies in Detroit, Grand Rapids and Muskegon. Rallies also took place in Escanaba, Saginaw and elsewhere around Michigan.
Michigan unions say they're upset about a new Republican-backed law that lets emergency managers appointed to assist financially struggling communities and schools rescind labor contracts.
The rallies were held Monday to link the fight for collective bargaining to the anniversary of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1968 assassination while supporting striking sanitation workers in Memphis, Tenn.