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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Protesters gathered in Michigan's state Capitol to fight right-to-work legislation began chanting "veto" when word spread the House approved a measure that would weaken union power in the historical labor stronghold.

Demonstrators gathered Tuesday in the rotunda chanted "no veto, no peace" and "the people united will never be defeated" after the House approved the first of two bills that would make Michigan the nation's 24th right-to-work state. The measure would ban requirements that nonunion employees pay unions for negotiating contracts and other services.

Hundreds of demonstrators earlier packed all four levels of the rotunda, chanting "Union!" and" What's disgusting? Union-busting!" They stomped their feet and banged together hard hats.

Following the vote, state troopers continued guarding House and Senate chamber entrances as protesters clogged the Capitol steps outside.

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