LANSING, Michigan – Thousands of union protestors clashed with police at the steps of the capital building Tuesday after Republican leaders passed a historic law reversing a 77-year union law forcing members to pay union dues.
“Michigan is the heart of the countries private unions. When you think of Detroit you think cars, when you think American cars you think unions,” said San Diego State University management professor Dan Eaton. “In this down economy, it will be hard for workers to continue to pay union dues if they don’t have to.”
The law will have a spiraling effect on the political power of Michigan unions and it’s expected the union ranks will start to erode,” Eaton said.
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