Protest Against Right-to-Work at Michigan State Capitol

Union supporters and labor groups gathered in and around the Michigan state capitol building Dec 6, 2012 to speak out against right-to-work legislation that was being rushed through the lame duck session of the legislature. A large group of supporters gathered outside the senate chamber doors and a few pushed by a security guard toward the senate doors (no one gained entrance). Although these protesters were quickly turned back by state police officers who immediately came into the room, pepper-spray was released on at least one man although he was already subdued by an officer and while he was being dragged out of the area.

Police shut down the building forĀ several hours during the protest. Labor representatives obtained a court order from Ingham County Circuit Judge Joyce Draganchuk and the seat of state government was reopened to the public.

Although it has always been a stronghold of union labor, Michigan’s right-to-work bill passedĀ in both the House and the Senate in record time, making it the 24th right-to-work state in the nation.