LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Republican-led Michigan Legislature narrowly approved a measure Wednesday that would prohibit public schools from automatically deducting union dues from the paychecks of teachers and other employees, a move that unions consider another attack on collective bargaining rights.

Some Republicans joined Democrats in opposing the measure, which was approved 20-18 in the Senate and 56-54 in the House. The bill goes to Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, who intends to sign it, spokesman Ken Silfven said.

The Legislature's action came one day after a union coalition said it had started collecting signatures for a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at protecting or strengthening collective bargaining rights. If the coalition collects enough valid voter signatures, the proposal could qualify for voters to decide in the November election.

The union-led coalition, called Protect Our Jobs, viewed Wednesday's vote as retaliation for their proposal, which could nullify some existing and future laws related to collective bargaining. Republicans said Wednesday's vote wasn't retaliation but rather an action that had been in the works for months.

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