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Right to work debate heats up ahead of Michigan vote

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Even with the outcome considered a foregone conclusion, the heated battle over right-to-work legislation in the traditional union bastion of Michigan shows no sign of cooling.

Authorities in Lansing are bracing for an onslaught of demonstrators Tuesday at the Michigan Capitol as the Legislature reconvenes for what could be final votes on bills.

If it is passed and signed into law, Michigan would become the 24th right-to-work state, banning requirements that nonunion employees pay unions for negotiating contracts and other services.

Democratic lawmakers and union backers concede they have little chance of stopping tide, given the Republican-dominated Legislature and GOP Gov. Rick Snyder, who has pledged to sign the measure into law.

Foes of the law, including President Barack Obama, are trying to keep the spotlight on the fight.

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