MIDWEST LABOR PAINS

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Right to work, or left out of work for organized labor. 23 other states have it, but Michigan is a heavily unionized state in this nation.

10,000 labor union workers from throughout Michigan and the. Midwest are expected to march on the state capitol in freezing temperatures to protest the likely passage of a "right-to-work" law.

The state of Michigan has the fifth highest percentage of unionized workers in the US at 17.5 percent and the Detroit area is headquarters for General Motors Co, Ford Motor Co and Chrysler.

Democratic furor is escalating and party leaders are warning that Michigan is about to be plunged into lasting political fighting. The state’s Republican-led Legislature is expected to pass new restrictions to unions the birthplace of the modern labor movement.