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Mich. voters asked to add union right to constitution

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — It’s hardly a return to the Depression era, when company guards roughed up labor organizers at auto plants. But times are tough for unions in the Rust Belt, even in such a longtime bastion as Michigan. Here, emergency managers have been given the power to throw out union contracts in financially struggling cities.

Now, after a series of setbacks at the hands of Republican governors and legislatures, labor is attempting a bold gambit: a first-of-its-kind ballot initiative in the Nov. 6 election that would put collective bargaining rights in the Michigan constitution — and out of lawmakers’ reach.

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