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Dec. 11, 2012
Michigan became the 24th state to adopt right-to-work legislation, prohibiting union contracts that require all employees to pay union dues. The Republican-dominated state Senate introduced two measures by surprise, one covering private workers, the other covering public workers, five days earlier and immediately voted their passage; the Republican House approved them five days later (the fastest it legally could) and the Republican governor immediately signed both bills.
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