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Dozens gather to hold 'silent protest' over RTW law

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Some Michigan residents are still baffled by the passage of right to work legislation Governor Rick Snyder signed into law Tuesday.

While some people are in favor of the law, those who oppose it are still showing union solidarity.

To show they're "union proud," one group held a silent protest at Saginaw's City Hall.

The "silent protest" began all over Michigan at 11 a.m., with groups gathering in Detroit, Lansing and Saginaw with tape over their mouths to protest the new laws. Some of the pieces of tape covering mouths had "Snyder" written on them. 

Other protesters covered their mouths with tape with the words "$1,500 less" written on it in reference to wage cuts they expect. 

The protest was in contrast to the day before. The state House swiftly approved two bills reducing unions' strength Tuesday, one dealing with private-sector workers and the other with public employees, as thousands of furious protesters at the state Capitol roared in vain.

"The fact that it's referendum-proof is completely ridiculous," said one protestor. "We just believe that Right to Work is wrong for Michigan." The bills were signed into law as spending bills, which make them ineligible to be overturned by pursuing an ballot initiative.  

Because of that, and how quickly the bills were signed into law, the protestors claim the people of Michigan were "silenced."

Republican Gov. Rick Snyder signed the measures into law within hours, calling them "pro-worker and pro-Michigan."

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