LANSING, Mich. Dec 11 The Michigan House of
Representatives on Tuesday gave final approval to a second
"right-to-work" law covering private sector union workers such
as the automotive industry, after earlier passing a separate law
on public sector workers.
The Republican-majority House passed the private sector law
by a vote of 58 to 52.
"Right-to-work" laws make membership of a union and payment
of dues voluntary. Their approval in Michigan, the home of the
U.S. auto industry and a stronghold of unions, is a major blow
to organized labor in the United States.
The measures now go to Republican Governor Rick Snyder, who
is expected to sign them into law in the next few days, making
Michigan the 24th right-to-work state.