M. Alex Johnson
December 11, 2012
Thousands of people packed the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday to protest the likely passage of legislation that would sharply limit labor rights.
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Lawmakers are expected to approve measures that would make Michigan — one of the most union-friendly states in the country — the 24th “right to work” state, banning workplace rules that make union membership a condition of employment.
As many as 10,000 people descended on the Capitol, State Police estimated, prompting authorities to restrict access to the building because it was at its capacity of 2,000. The overflow filled the lawn and stretched down East Michigan Avenue to the Lansing Center across the river several blocks away.