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Skubick: MIchigan leaders consider move on right-to-work

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LANSING, Mich. (WJBK) -

Labor representatives were in Lansing on Tuesday to oppose 'right to work' but the other side produced a bus load of citizens at the state capitol to support it with the governor and the legislature caught in the middle.

And that's the way it's been for almost three years, no agreement on what to do with right to work which is why folks were bused into town to lobby lawmakers and the governor to move away from dead center. Any attempt by the governor to work a deal with labor to avoid a showdown vote does not make UAW workers we spoke with happy.

The state police presence in the capitol was diminished over the show of force seen last week as the peaceful exchange unfolded. Union demonstrators told senators every union member should pay dues and if not they say 'if you've got people not paying dues, that can't create a strike fund and without a strike fund you have no economic leverage to feed your family while you're out bargaining for that wage,"

Conservative Republican Senator Patrick Colbeck got an earful from the demonstrators but he does not want any more delays. "Every time we delay, we delay the opportunity for a new job to be put in the state of Michigan which means somebody else is missing out on the chance for making money and paying taxes in Michigan" he said.

 The governor does not want this debate saying it is sucking the air out of other more pressing issues. But GOP leader Senator Randy Richardville says there will be a decision, one way or the other, soon. "We are looking at several options. this week or next we will have a decision made" he said.  And when that happens, somebody is not going to be happy.

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