Bag of coal for senator after right-to-work vote

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Photo -   Dozens of union backers protest against the right-to-work bills outside Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker's Kalamazoo, Mich., office Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012. People sang Christmas-themed protest songs and carried picket signs outside the office of the Republican state senator, who received a bag of coal from union-rights demonstrators protesting her vote to make Michigan a right-to-work state. (AP Photo/The Kalamazoo Gazette, Aaron Mueller) ALL LOCAL TV OUT; LOCAL TV INTERNET OUT
Dozens of union backers protest against the right-to-work bills outside Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker's Kalamazoo, Mich., office Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012. People sang Christmas-themed protest songs and carried picket signs outside the office of the Republican state senator, who received a bag of coal from union-rights demonstrators protesting her vote to make Michigan a right-to-work state. (AP Photo/The Kalamazoo Gazette, Aaron Mueller) ALL LOCAL TV OUT; LOCAL TV INTERNET OUT
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A Republican state senator has received a bag of coal from union-rights demonstrators protesting her vote to make Michigan a right-to-work state.

About 60 people sang Christmas-themed protest songs and carried picket signs Sunday outside the Kalamazoo office of state Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker.

The state Senate and House voted Thursday's for bills that would bar unions from collecting mandatory fees from workers they represent under collective bargaining agreements.

Mlive.com (http://bit.ly/UvQOzd ) reports that one protest sign said Gov. Rick Snyder is "tearing Michigan apart." Others said "Right 2 Work Hurts Working Families" and "Protect Working Families."

Schuitmaker says in a statement that the right-to-work bills "will dramatically improve the landscape of our state's economy once enacted."

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