Labor, Democrats ponder next moves after Mich. governor signs right-to-work laws
(MCT) LANSING, Mich. — Michigan became the 24th right-to-work state in the blink of an eye Tuesday after the state House rushed through legislation and Gov. Rick Snyder immediately signed it, capping a day of charged emotions, huge crowds and mostly peaceful demonstrations.
The speed with which the controversial legislation became law left organized labor and Democrats reeling. There is talk of legal challenges and recall efforts, or opponents could try to mount a drive to put a constitutional amendment on the 2014 ballot aimed at overturning right-to-work. But Democrats and labor leaders say they are mostly focused on 2014, when they hope to regain control of the Legislature and the governor’s office in the face of what they see as a Republican over-reach.
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