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story.lead_photo.caption People protesting Michigan’s new labor law ÿll the state Capitol rotunda in Lansing on Tuesday. As the crowd grew, authorities closed the building, saying it had reached its capacity of more than 2,000.

Republican Gov. Rick Snyder signed bills banning mandatory union dues in Michigan workplaces, making it the 24th U.S. state to enact so-called right-to-work legislation.

Over Yells, Michigan Legislature Limits Unions

The Michigan Legislature gives final approval to a bitterly contested right-to-work plan limiting the power of unions, unswayed by the pleas of Democrats and thousands of protesters in the state Capitol. (By The Associated Press)
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Front Section, Pages 1 on 12/12/2012

Print Headline: Michigan limits dues for unions

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    December 12, 2012 at 8:39 a.m.

    Those fanatical union supporters are the illiterate and low skilled who get paid as union members 2-3 times their value in the work force. Right-to-Work is the American way and the communist based "closed shop" should be outlawed in America. Unions are nothing more than communist based organizations, praying on the weak minded member just for their dues, forcing workers into a stair step ladder with progression based on nothing but membership. Unions distort the value of labor, camouflage worker skills and force jobs out of America. Businesses grow based on labor input and workers should participate in earnings of which compensation is from earnings, but unions don't care about business just dues and union leadership power which drives businesses and jobs out of America! Labor be working in parallel to ensure business success in the marketplace, not just trying to squeeze all it can grab if jobs is the measure, and along with OSHA there are plenty of Federal Regulations and Legislation to ensure workers rights and "fair" pay for work performed. Unions disregard business viability and are only interested in their union power, not maintaining jobs for workers.

    December 12, 2012 at 10:36 a.m.

    Detroit and the rest of Michigan will now see a rise in employment. America and American workers are starting to take our country back from the brink.

  • RaylanGivens
    December 12, 2012 at 10:59 a.m.

    What an awesome story straight from my wife's home state!

  • rainbowharold55
    December 12, 2012 at 11:46 a.m.

    This is a travesty. If you want to see how well "RTW" laaws are, just look how prosperous we are in this state.

  • NoUserName
    December 12, 2012 at 2:15 p.m.

    Stab them in the back...that's funny. You want to be union? Fine. I've not no problem with that. However, don't come to me for a bailout and don't come to me for higher taxes to pay your defined benefit pension.

  • RonalFos
    December 12, 2012 at 2:31 p.m.

    I love all you big government haters who turn around and are thrilled about government telling people what they can't do. You don't want government until you can use it to pound someone else. This has nothing to do with business and everything to do with politics. Republicans don't want union money used against them so the bust unions. A better solution would be to ban all corporate and union money from politics.

  • Jfish
    December 12, 2012 at 2:53 p.m.

    Harold, last time I looked, Little Rock was in a lot better shape than Detroit, you know, the city that is dwindling faster than any other in the US. The only reason that GM and Chrysler are still there is because the taxpayers bailed them out.

  • Packman
    December 12, 2012 at 3:56 p.m.

    Jfish beat me to the punch on the LR/Detroit comparison. Yep. Unions did a world of good for Detroit.....What a joke!

    It is most telling how extreme the union thugs were in opposing this simple and patently fair measure that allows workers a choice about joining a union. Don't know about anybody else, but I would have loved to have been there to whip a union thug's arse and put a wannabe tough guy in their place. And yes, I'm one of those Christian's who turns the other cheek only to avoid a punch so I can then appropriately whip some arse.

  • djigoo
    December 12, 2012 at 6:51 p.m.

    I'm with inquire on this.

  • NoUserName
    December 12, 2012 at 8:27 p.m.

    On one hand, I tend to agree. If you do not want to be part of the union, the union should not be required to represent you. However, prior to this, if you opted out, you still had to pay union dues. There is nothing particularly fair about that either. We just went from one extreme to the other.