Angry union members get phsyical at Michigan protests
State House passes right-to-work legislation
- Duration 5:04
- Date Dec 11, 2012
State House passes right-to-work legislation
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-- of the Fox News alert out of Lansing Michigan we're seeing angry and physical confrontations at the State Capitol.
As lawmakers approve the first of two controversial right to work bills.
Protecting nonunion workers from being forced to pay union dues.
What America live everyone -- our -- brought in for reg and Kelly today the bill is expected to go to the governor -- -- -- could be signed as early as tomorrow.
Pro union protesters responding with shouts of shame on you from the gallery.
As huge crowds of union backers massed on the State Capitol grounds.
We understand police are ready -- riot gear in case things turn ugly.
Thousands of union supporters have been at the Statehouse since early today stomping their feet.
As you can hear their 1 union boss evening telling lawmakers who support the measure hit quote.
We -- going to take you on and take you out.
Nearby an angry confrontation breaking out union protesters apparently storming -- -- of these local chapter of conservative.
Americans for prosperity.
Tearing it down and then going after some right to work supporters let's -- this.
You're probably talking to you.
-- -- And he did yeah.
And the camera.
I don't know.
Fox's Mike Tobin is live in Lansing for us man -- tempers are flaring.
And -- here's what's left over that -- this is the tent that was erected by a Americans for prosperity and that is the organization the very conservative linked to the Coke Brothers -- I can see it on the ground right now they say in no uncertain terms it was union demonstrators who came at the tent and knocked it down Scott -- from within side.
They -- our tent there chanting go home go home.
-- stand stabs -- they cut the straps and a ten day -- the -- there -- people trapped inside.
Where it now as we look at the grounds out here right now looks a little bit like -- numbers have waned a bit they haven't blamed entirely but as we look across a ground a lot of the people.
Across the grounds pass these large inflatable rats and they usually up.
Used to illustrate people who have crossed a picket lines.
And there and -- lobby right now or at least at the front door of the George Romney building that is significant because of that is where Governor Snyder has his office.
They've got the drums going all the sound and fury why is that.
That is because one of the bills has already passed through the legislature today to more are pending.
-- both houses have conservative majorities in them saw the passage of this legislation.
There's virtually assured.
All these union demonstrators can do right now there's -- -- there anger and get their voice out there because as historic visit maybe that's symbolic is it maybe.
Michigan the birthplace of the United Auto Workers the cradle of organized labor.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- I guess you show us around the outside and members there there we also have a live shot from inside the capitol where you can hear.
Protesters chanting people stopping.
Their feet so might it looks like this is gonna -- on all day.
It's okay shrimp will go on for a long time as it did just depends how long that want to stay in the -- does -- become.
Admit it is organized.
Has started going across the street and getting all of the -- We take a look around you can see how many people living here then you know on the -- -- making their voices heard because that is the one thing they can deal.
-- a lot of them are upset saying that this.
For an average that was called proposition table and what proposition would -- would have done was enshrined collective bargaining rights and Michigan's constitution.
Making collective bargaining rights -- there are untouchable yeah Governor Snyder told me this morning that he would ask them not didn't do that.
Because that would open up the whole discussion about labor and would include -- right to work.
Not very important point out that this doesn't not collective bargaining but it does make Michigan a right to work state and makes union dues optional here again and what do you could call the birthplace of organized labor Allison are my children thanks so much for that firsthand view.
All we -- single safety and all that as Michigan.