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“We’ve fought too many wars,” Mr. Jackson said. “We want democracy at home. This is not what democracy looks like. It’s time to fight back.”

Mr. Snyder, a former high-tech executive elected governor in 2010, previously resisted the right-to-work measure, calling it divisive. But he began to support the measure in recent weeks, citing the need to attract business and stay competitive with neighboring states such as Indiana.

Interviewed on former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s radio show, Mr. Snyder said the right-to-work measure would force unions to be more competitive if they could not count on mandatory dues from workers.

“I actually don’t view this as anti-union,” the governor said. “I view it as, if the unions did it appropriately, this should make them more responsive, because it really means they have to be listening to workers more attentively and really presenting the value proposition to them.”