Union officials said the right-to-work law, which prohibits requirements that workers pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment, is designed to cripple their collective bargaining power.
Snyder and the GOP have promised the law — which will make Michigan the 24th right-to-work state — will create jobs, said Edward McNeil, a spokesman for American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees Council 25. The reality is the law will drive down wages and further elevate Michigan's poverty rate, he said.
"The middle class and alike will continue to fall further behind," said.
The United Auto Workers and other labor groups are also planning to protest outside the Capitol. The UAW is calling on members to bring friends, neighbors, co-workers and kids to the protest to "send the message that we can't trust Gov. Snyder to tell it like it is for working families."
"That is part of democracy, so I appreciate that," Snyder said. "I know we've gone through some tough issues, I just hope we can do it in a respectful fashion."
Tonight's scheduled protest comes on the heels of last month's protest, which drew 10,000 union members and supporters.