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Senate Judiciary Committee approves "right to work" bill 7-6

Over the chants of hundreds of union members opposing the bill, the committee passed a measure that would put the right to work issue on Minnesota's ballot in November. 23 states have enacted similar laws that make union membership voluntary, rather than compulsory.
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Over the chants of hundreds of union members opposing the bill, the committee passed a measure that would put the right to work issue on Minnesota's ballot in November. 23 states have enacted similar laws that make union membership voluntary, rather than compulsory.

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