DETROIT (AP) — Backers of a proposal to write collective bargaining rights for workers into the Michigan Constitution on Wednesday submitted more than twice the number of signatures needed to place it on the November ballot, setting up a fierce election-year clash between business and labor.

The Protect Our Jobs Coalition said it submitted petitions 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.

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