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2 pro-union protesters arrested near Mich. Capitol

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Michigan State Police say pepper spray has been used to subdue a protester outside the state Capitol who had his hands on a trooper.

Capt. Harold Love says the female trooper was being pulled into a crowd Tuesday. Love says a male trooper standing nearby gave two short bursts of pepper spray to end the incident. There was no arrest.

Thousands of union supporters are at the Capitol protesting legislation that would make financial support of unions voluntary. The bills are expected to become law.

Love says two people were arrested when they tried to get into the George Romney Building, a state office building that was closed.

On the Capitol grounds, a big white tent erected for supporters of the legislation collapsed. There were no injuries. Several people on Twitter linked to a YouTube video that showed what they said were union members purposely tearing down the tent.

Earlier Tuesday, the Michigan Legislature has given final approval to a contentious right-to-work plan limiting the power of unions, sending it to Republican Gov. Rick Snyder for his expected signature.

The GOP-controlled House passed two bills Tuesday that were previously approved by the Senate. One dealt with public-sector workers and another focused on the private sector. Both chambers had approved a version of the private sector bill last week.

Snyder says he expects to sign the plan as early as Wednesday.

The labor stronghold of Michigan would become the 24th right-to-work state, banning requirements that nonunion employees pay unions for negotiating contracts and other services.

Passage followed numerous unsuccessful challenges from Democrats as well as raucous protests inside and outside the Capitol from thousands of pro-union demonstrators.

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