Michigan expected to pass right-to-work legislation

Rachel Rose Hartman

Michigan is bracing Tuesday for union blowback over the expected passage of new right-to-work legislation.

Demonstrators are preparing to descend on the state Capitol to protest the state legislature's likely passage of the bill, which would forbid requiring employees who benefit from a labor contract to pay union dues. The state Capitol was on lockdown last week over the issue.

President Barack Obama offered his strident opposition to the legislation on Monday during a visit to the Daimler Detroit Diesel plant in Redford, Mich. "These so-called right-to-work laws, they don't have to do with economics, they have everything to do with politics," Obama said.

Republican Gov. Rick Snyder has pledged to sign the measure into law.