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Right-to-work debate heats up ahead of Michigan vote

By JOHN FLESHER and JEFF KAROUB
Associated Press
   LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Even with the outcome considered a foregone conclusion,
the heated battle over right-to-work legislation in the traditional union bastion of
Michigan shows no sign of cooling.
   Authorities in Lansing are bracing for an onslaught of demonstrators Tuesday
at the Michigan Capitol as the Legislature reconvenes for what could be final
votes on bills.
   If it is passed and signed into law, Michigan would become the 24th right-to-
work state, banning requirements that nonunion employees pay unions for
negotiating contracts and other services.
   Democratic lawmakers and union backers concede they have little chance of
stopping tide, given the Republican-dominated Legislature and GOP Gov. Rick
Snyder, who has pledged to sign the measure into law.
   Foes of the law, including President Barack Obama, are trying to keep the
spotlight on the fight.
   AP-WF-12-11-12 0811GMT

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