Your right to choose: Crowd against anti-union bills chant 'this is our house'Submitted by Ed Thinking on Tue, 12/11/2012 - 11:14
10:02AM EST December 11. 2012 - LANSING, Mich. — Demonstrators massed at Michigan's Capitol before dawn as this city braced today for what is expected to be one of the largest demonstrations against right-to-work legislation.
Protesters carried signs with messages against GOP Gov. Rick Snyder such as "Snyder, veto right-to-work." Two large tents were set up on the front Capitol lawn, including one from right-to-work proponents who are expected to be greatly outnumbered.
On the third floor of the Capitol, dozens of union members circled the rail of the rotunda, shouting, "This is our house," as they waited to get into the public gallery.
"I am a kindergarten teacher," said Renee Theisen of Warren, Mich., whose school district was one of at least two in the state that closed today because teachers were taking leave to protest the legislation. "We just want our voices heard. This is important to us to belong to a union, and we want to keep it that way."