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Indiana unions react to Right to Work in Michigan


Ten-thousand protesters are expected at Michigan's Capitol Tuesday, all there to try and put a stop to Right to Work Legislation.

Monday, members of the Michigan Nurses Association protested by covering their mouths with tape, saying Right To Work will silence unions.

Even the President gave his opinion on the topic Monday.

"What they're really talking about is giving you the right to work for less money," says President Barack Obama.

It's a fight union members in Indiana just lost a few months ago.

Tony Flora with the Northern Indiana AFL-CIO says, "The purpose of the law is to drain money out of unions, it has nothing to do with people's rights at work or anything like that."

Union leaders say, if members don't have to pay fees, why should they?

"It's like as if you got electricity at home and someone said you can pay for it or not pay for it. Well, you'd get it for free if you could, but the entire network would eventually collapse," says Flora.
But supporters of the legislation like Vincent Vernuccio of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy say if unions want the money, they'll take care of their members.

"What it really does is it makes unions more responsive to their members, plus they can't take those members for granted anymore," says Vernuccio.

So what impact has Right to Work had in Indiana?

"We've seen Indiana compete head to head with non right to work states and lose those jobs to the non right to work states," says Nancy Guyott, President of Indiana's State AFL-CIO.

That being said, Governor Snyder recently said one of the reasons he supports Right to work legislation is because of the economic boost it's having in Indiana.

Snyder says Indiana has had 90 companies in the pipeline for economic development because of the new Right to Work law.

House and Senate lawmakers are expected to reconcile differences between bills passed last week, Tuesday and Governor Snyder is then expected to sign off.

Police presence will be beefed up in expectation of thousands of protesters in Lansing.

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