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Anti right-to-work protesters gather outside of Michigan's state capitol building in Lansing December 11, 2012. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Anti right-to-work protesters gather outside of Michigan's state capitol building in Lansing December 11, 2012. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Anti right-to-work protesters gather outside of Michigan's state capitol building in Lansing December 11, 2012. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
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Michigan Governor Rick Snyder holds a news conference to talk about why he signed into law, in Lansing, Michigan in this file photo taken December 11, 2012. On Tuesday, Snyder signed into law bills co-sponsored by state Representative Patrick Colbeck that ban mandatory union membership, making Michigan the nation's 24th right-to-work state. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook/Files

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder holds a news conference to talk about why he signed into law, in Lansing, Michigan in this file photo taken December 11, 2012. On Tuesday, Snyder signed into law bills co-sponsored by state Representative Patrick Colbeck...more

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder holds a news conference to talk about why he signed into law, in Lansing, Michigan in this file photo taken December 11, 2012. On Tuesday, Snyder signed into law bills co-sponsored by state Representative Patrick Colbeck that ban mandatory union membership, making Michigan the nation's 24th right-to-work state. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook/Files
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Michigan Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville is seen in this photo taken in Lansing, Michigan December 11, 2012. Richardville was initially viewed as an obstacle to newly-passed Michigan right-to-work legislation because he represents a labor-friendly area. REUTERS/Bernie Woodall

Michigan Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville is seen in this photo taken in Lansing, Michigan December 11, 2012. Richardville was initially viewed as an obstacle to newly-passed Michigan right-to-work legislation because he represents a...more

Michigan Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville is seen in this photo taken in Lansing, Michigan December 11, 2012. Richardville was initially viewed as an obstacle to newly-passed Michigan right-to-work legislation because he represents a labor-friendly area. REUTERS/Bernie Woodall
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