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Voters reject Proposal 2, won't guarantee bargaining rights

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan voters have opted not to guarantee union collective bargaining rights in the state's constitution.

Voters on Tuesday defeated a ballot measure that would have given public and private workers a constitutional right to organize and bargain through labor unions. It would have nullified current or future laws limiting workers' ability to unionize and bargain.

Opponents of the measure, including the pro-business Hands Off Our Constitution, contended it would make union leaders more powerful than elected officials and erase government's ability to set employment terms and control budgets.

Supporters of the measure, including the union-backed Protect Our Jobs, say they fear Michigan's Republican lawmakers eventually will push for right-to-work legislation barring unions from collecting mandatory dues from workers. GOP Gov. Rick Snyder has said he doesn't intend to do so.

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