Protest at Michigan Capitol over anti-union drive

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Union members have demonstrating loudly at the Capitol in Lansing and in Grand Rapids as state legislators consider so-called "right-to-work" legislation.

Hundreds of labor supporters packed the rotunda area Wednesday, blowing whistles and chanting slogans such as "Union busters" and "We are Michigan." State police and Capitol security officers are on hand. The protest hasn't disrupted House and Senate work sessions in their respective chambers.

Rumors have swirled that majority Republicans might try to push through legislation in the session's closing days that would bar unions from collecting dues from non-members.

In Grand Rapids, demonstrators chanted and picketed inside the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel called for Dick DeVos to end financial support for right-to-work legislation. DeVos is an heir to the Amway business fortune and a Republican activist.


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