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Crowd of protesters in Michigan as House debates anti-union bills.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said in a press conference early Tuesday evening that he has signed into law the two anti-union bills, affecting public and private sector workers, passed by the state House earlier in the day. Though Snyder has touted the new laws as pro-worker, he signed them privately, an act more in keeping with the view he had repeatedly stated right up until the final weeks before he joined Republican legislators in rushing to pass them: so-called "right to work" laws are divisive.

The Michigan laws contain verbatim language from an ALEC model bill and were heavily pushed by the Koch brothers' Americans for Prosperity and Amway billionaire Dick DeVos.

"Gov. Snyder showed his true colors today," AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in a statement. "He’s a puppet of extreme donors, and he is willing to ignore and lie to his constituents. His action will undoubtedly please the Koch Brothers and corporate CEOs, but it will diminish the voice of every working man and woman in Michigan."

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 03:02 PM PST.

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