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Protest outside State of State cites right-to-work

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — About 100 union members have gathered outside the Michigan Capitol to protest the passage of right-to-work legislation, two hours before Gov. Rick Snyder's State of the State address.

The protesters Wednesday evening carried a banner that said, "You can't trust Snyder."

The Republican governor signed right-to-work measures that cleared the Republican-controlled Legislature in December.

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union member Chris Roggero (ruh-JEHR'-oh) says elected officials ignore the public's wishes and do what they want.

State police Lt. Chris Kelenske (keh-LEHN'-skee) says police are prepared for 300 to 2,000 protesters and haven't taken extraordinary security measures.

Anti-right-to-work protests drew 10,000 people last month. The measures taking effect in March bar unions from requiring people they represent under collective bargaining agreements to pay fees.

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