Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed right-to-work legislation, dealing a devastating and once-unthinkable defeat to organized labor in a state that has been a cradle of the movement for generations.
He put his signatures on the bills Tuesday, hours after the state House passed the measures as the chants of thousands of angry pro-union protesters filled the Capitol.
Snyder says a failed ballot proposal to enshrine collective bargaining rights in the constitution triggered the discussion that led to the passage and signing of right-to-work.
During a news conference, he called the protests "an exercise in democracy."
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NICE EASTER WEEKEND
Frost advisories posted for Friday morning for lows in the 30s. Protect sensitive plants in the outlying suburbs away from the city!
Expect a gradual warm up over the next couple of days.
Friday High: 56
Saturday High: 64
Sunday High: 65