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Right To Work Update


Lansing, MI (WTVB) _ They say they are prepared in Lansing to handle 10,000 protestors today in, or about 4 times the number who appeared last Thursday. State Police Inspector Dean Adamczyk says they shut down the Capitol when things got out of hand last week and they could again.

He says they have brought in 150 extra Troopers from around the state to beef up security and closed the streets around the Capitol to make room. Protestors had better dress warmly because not everyone will be getting inside.

The fire marshal has reportedly set the capacity at 2,000. Lawmakers weren’t in Lansing yesterday but that didn’t keep groups from protesting.  

The Michigan Nurses Association held a silent protest on the Capitol Steps with their mouths taped shut.  Katie Oppenheim says the Union is their strong voice in the work place that allows them to advocate for patients against corporations that only are interested in profit. 

She says she plans to be there again today. They say the Governor will do irreparable damage to the state if he signs the Right to Work Legislation. The House is expected to approve the Senate bill that passed last Thursday, and that would be the bill that goes to the Governor.

Exactly when he plans to sign it, isn’t exactly clear, but he has said it would be before the legislative session ends. What will the impact of Right to work be on Michigan? Upjohn Institute Labor Economist George Erickcek says according to the studies that he trusts, not much, especially here in West Michigan.

He says in the public sector, since police and fire fighters are exempted, it seems to be primarily aimed at the teachers union. He says it takes 3 to 5 years to show any results, and that’s why he doubts claims that Indiana’s recent successes are due to right to work.