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The Michigan right-to-work battle, explained

The Michigan right-to-work battle, explained

The latest front in the battle between Republicans and organized labor is Michigan, where activists in Lansing recently began protests against a measure that would make the state the 24th in the nation to adopt a right-to-work law. The protests are expected to grow in size later this week, as the measure approaches final passage. Below is what you need to know about what is going on in Michigan, and why it matters. (Also check out our colleague Philip Rucker's excellent piece from the weekend on the battle.)

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Michigan right-to-work measure prompts protests

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The end of unions?

The only political entity that might have had a worse week than President Obama last week was the public sector union.

For the third time in 14 months, a full-throated attempt from labor to exact retribution on Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) for curtailing collective bargaining rights for public sector unions fell flat.
FILE - In this Jan 25, 2012 file photo, protestors show off signs in the rotunda of the State Capitol Wisconsin prior to Gov. Scott Walker's (R) state of the state address in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

And it’s got some writing the obituary of the public sector union, arguing that it will soon join the private sector union in the realm of the politically irrelevant.

Which makes sense in some ways, and doesn’t in others.

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