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Unions scramble for answers after 'right to work' becomes law

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DEARBORN, Mich. (WJBK) -

Michigan makes history becoming the 24th "right to work" state. But there's always two sides and those against this law are not giving up. 

Tuesday in Lansing, 12,000 voices heard across the nation, but inside 58 voices, 58 votes supporting right to work sent demonstrators packing. But what happened in Lansing is not staying in Lansing. 

UAW Local 600 President Bernie Ricke says, "I think it's a partisan attack on unions because we support the democratic party. It's as simple as that." It's the morning after and at UAW Local 600 in Dearborn it's time to march forward. Disappointment is only part of their message, they're angry and ready to take action.  Ricke, said he believes it's a little early to talk about recall petitions for lawmakers who supported the new law but adds all options are on the table.

Ricke is  meeting with lawyers to see what grounds a lawsuit stands on.  He argues that excluding  police and fire unions from the right to work law is wrong. Ricke asks why there was no public hearing on the bill.  He's also questioning why it was rushed through so quickly.

"They've been dishonest, they've rammed this through in a lame-duck session. They attached an appropriations bill to try to make it referendum proof. So I guess they don't want the people of Michigan to have their voices heard." 

The bill takes effect in April and the UAW's current deal with the automakers will not be affected, that is signed and secured until 2015.  But the option to opt out of a union may happen sooner with other deals.

"We have a lot of parts suppliers, we have technical office professional units, so we negotiate probably 30 plus collective bargaining units here" Ricke said. On the other the governor argues this is good for Michigan because he says it'll attract more jobs and make the state a more attractive place to do business. 

But union members say not so fast, they're just getting started.

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