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Union rights backers in MI submit petitions for vote

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Backers of a proposal to write collective bargaining rights for workers into the Michigan Constitution say they've submitted more than twice the number of signatures needed to place it on the November ballot.

The group said it submitted petitions Wednesday with 684,286 signatures to the Michigan Department of State in Lansing. The state now will review the signatures to see that enough are valid.

The required threshold is 322,609 signatures.

The Protect Our Jobs initiative was launched in March. It pushes back against a possible right-to-work movement in Michigan, which seeks to ban labor contracts that mandate payments to unions.

The proposal also would roll back many of the changes Republican lawmakers have made in public employees' benefits.

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