Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed right-to-work bills into law.
Unswayed by Democrats' pleas and thousands of protesters inside and outside the state Capitol on Tuesday, the House approved two final bills, sending them on to Republican Gov. Rick Snyder. One dealt with private sector workers, the other with government employees.
Both measures cleared the Senate last week.
"This is an issue that had extensive discussion, so that's why I felt comfortable moving forward," Snyder said. "I'm confident this is in the best interest of Michiganders."
Snyder says a failed ballot proposal to enshrine collective bargaining rights in the constitution triggered the discussion that led to the passage and signing of right-to-work.
During a news conference, he called the protests "an exercise in democracy."