Up: Michigan unions fight back
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Wisconsin's governor might have survived a recall election over limiting workers' rights, but not Michigan State Rep. Paul Scott. The republican was recalled last year over his support for ending collective bargaining for teachers.

Now GOP lawmakers are pushing for a broader change by making Michigan a right-to-work state. Not without a fight, however. A coalition including the AFL-CIO labor federation, the United Auto Workers and the Michigan Education Association have been pushing to get a measure that would make collective bargaining a constitutionally protected right and therefore cripple efforts to pass right-to-work legislation.

State election officials have opposed putting the proposal on the November ballot. On Monday, however, a Michigan court ordered Michigan's State Board of Canvassers to put the proposal on the ballot. This is indeed a win for unions, but not just yet. It remains to be seen if Michigan will join Wisconsin and the nation's other 22 right-work-states.


- Last updated August 31 2012 08:20 AM ET
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