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Despite labor’s fury, Michigan OK’s union changes

Measure outlaws mandatory dues as job condition

LANSING, Mich. — With Democrats and labor leaders vowing retribution at the ballot box and beyond, the Republican-dominated Michigan Legislature on Tuesday approved sweeping, statewide changes to the way that unions will be financed, substantially reducing their power in a state that has long been a symbol of union might and served as an incubator for the US labor movement.

As thousands of incensed union members filled the Capitol rotunda and poured out onto its lawn chanting ‘‘shame, shame,’’ labor leaders and Democrats said they would immediately mount an intense, unceasing campaign to regain control of the state House and governor’s office by 2014. But advocates of the legislation, which outlaws requirements that workers pay fees to unions as a condition of employment, lauded the day as a historic turning point for economic health in Michigan, and some Republicans predicted that their victory here would embolden other states to enact similar measures.

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