A food vendor whose equipment was damaged when union protesters flattened a pro-right-to-work tent outside the Michigan Capitol has received $15,000 in contributions to cover the $400 loss.
The donations owe much to Internet videos and photos of the attack on the tent pitched by Americans for Prosperity.
Thousands protested Tuesday as the Michigan Senate passed legislation to ban unions from collecting mandatory fees from those they represent under collective bargaining agreements.
Clint Tarver says he was trapped inside the tent, and his catering equipment sustained $400 in damage. He runs a Capitol hot dog cart, which wasn't with him.
Lorilea Zabadal works for Republican state Rep. Rep. Al Pscholka of Stevensville and tells The Detroit News she started the online fundraising drive with a $2,000 goal.
Meanwhile, protests on Wednesday and Thursday have stretched from Detroit to Marquette after Republicans converted Michigan from a fortress of organized labor into a right-to-work state.
Protesters covered their mouths with tape Wednesday in Lansing with the words "$1,500 less" written on it in reference to wage cuts they expect. Silent protests also took place in Saginaw and were planned elsewhere.
In Detroit, 150 to 200 chanting protesters entered a state of Michigan office building to voice their opposition to right-to-work.
In Marquette, state police say they arrested eight people for trespassing after they refused to leave Gov. Rick Snyder's northern Michigan office at closing time Wednesday.
On Tuesday, the state House gave final legislative approval and Snyder signed bills barring unions from collecting mandatory fees from workers they represent under collective bargaining agreements.
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