DETROIT
12/14/2012 04:05 pm ET

Right To Work Protest: Union Supporters Take 'Torches' To Detroit's State Office Center

Union supporters fed up over Michigan's recent passage of controversial laws got fired up on the streets of Detroit Thursday evening.

A roughly 250-person crowd marched with torches -- of both the road flare and arts-and-craft glitter variety -- through the city's New Center neighborhood to show their opposition to the right-to-work laws. New Center is home to the Cadillac Place building, which hosts a variety of state offices.

The newly passed legislation prevents Michigan companies from signing labor agreements requiring mandatory dues payment by employees in union workplaces. Union supporters oppose it on the grounds that it allows workers to enjoy the benefits of collective bargaining without paying dues. They disagree with advocates who say it creates an environment that will bring jobs to the state.

The event was promoted by We Are Michigan, a coalition of faith, labor and progressive groups opposed to "Governor Snyder’s attacks on working people." Check out the photos below and tell us what you think of this angry-villager-themed protest in the comments.

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