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Obama Steps Into Battle Over Union Organizing

President Barack Obama on Monday stepped into the right-to-work battle, saying legislation that would make it harder for unions to compel workers to join them is more about politics than economics."What we shouldn't be doing is trying to take away your rights to bargain for better wages and working conditions," Mr. Obama said to loud applause at a diesel-engine plant in Michigan. "These so-called right-to-work laws, they don't have to do with economics, they have everything to do with politics. What they're really talking is giving you the right to work for less money."Mr. Obama was speaking to workers at a Daimler AG (DDAIY) plant in Redford, Mich., which he hailed for announcing that it will invest more than $100 million to expand production of transmissions and engine components for trucks. Mr. Obama said the investment will create 115 "good, new union jobs."The president's trip to Michigan was part of his effort to get outside groups and ordinary citizens to pressure Congress to ke...

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