As voting began inside the state Capitol, the crowd outside swelled to more than 10,000 people by police estimates.
The protestors closest to the Capitol pounded drums and empty buckets while chanting in an effort to sway legislators inside.
At the same time, a large pro-union rally was being held in front of Lansing’s City Hall, as giant loudspeakers boomed the speakers' voices across the Capitol lawn.
Included among the speakers was United Auto Worker President Bob King.
“Unions built the middle class of America,” he said. “This is a national attack. These folks want to shift more and more of the wealth to a smaller and smaller group of people.”
Speaker after speaker, including firefighters, teachers and factory workers, vowed today’s protest was just the start. They said they would follow legislators all over the state to remind people of their votes.
One said they’d be at Gov. Rick Snyder’s daughter’s soccer game.
Melissa Waters, of Ann Arbor, was among those listening to the speakers.
“My dad and mom were union workers. Without the contracts they bargained for, we wouldn’t have had food on our table or clothes to wear,” she said.
The crowds began building early, with the bulk arriving around 8:30 a.m.
Led by three police officers on motorcycles, hundreds of union workers and activists marched from the Lansing Center to the Michigan Capitol building this morning, chanting "Hey, hey! Ho, ho! Right-to-work has got to go!" along the way.( Collapse )sourcelive blog by the detroit free press
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Edit: both bills could be signed by the governor as early as tomorrow
Snyder signed both bills this evening. I hope every time that fucker gets up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom he steps on all the legos