TRMS viewer Joel Meredith
Calling it "a major day in Michigan's history," Republican Gov. Rick Snyder (R) signed a brutal anti-union bill -- a so-called "right-to-work" proposal -- into law this evening, just hours after GOP lawmakers jammed the bill through the legislature's lame-duck session.
Michigan became the 24th right-to-work state in the blink of an eye Tuesday after the state House rushed through legislation and Gov. Rick Snyder immediately signed it, capping a day of charged emotions, huge crowds and mostly peaceful demonstrations.
The speed with which the controversial legislation became law left organized labor and Democrats reeling. There is talk of legal challenges and recall efforts or opponents could try to mount a drive to put a constitutional amendment on the 2014 ballot aimed at overturning right-to-work. But Democrats and labor leaders say they are mostly focused on 2014, when they hope to regain control of the Legislature and the governor's office in the face of what they see as a Republican over-reach.
Today's move comes less than a year after Snyder assured the public that he saw the anti-union proposal as "divisive" and "not appropriate in Michigan during 2012." With a stroke of a pen -- Snyder signed the bill into law behind closed doors, away from public view -- the governor broke that promise earlier this evening.
For more background on the larger issue, I'd recommend Laura Conaway's terrific Maddow Blog coverage, and the segment Rachel aired last night.