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By Brahma Chellaney
Beijing's creeping aggression signals a challenge to U.S. presence in the Asian Pacific
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Mike Shirkey
Having just helped torpedo a labor-backed move that would have enshrined collective-bargaining rights in the state's constitution, emboldened Republican lawmakers are considering a move to make this historic bastion of union power into the nation's 24th right-to-work state.
With a new GOP-controlled state Legislature and a Republican governor in place in Lansing, a move is afoot to make Michigan the 23rd state in the nation to adopt legislation that would prohibit unions and employers from regulating collection of union dues or requiring employees to join a union if their workplace is organized.
"But I will not put it up until I know that all the 'I's are dotted and 'T's are crossed, primarily from a standpoint of support — both here in the House, and in the Senate and the governor's office."
"The legislation is already prepared — been prepared for a long time," Mr. Shirkey told the news website Mlive.com on Wednesday.