LANSING, Mich. (AP/WZZM) -- Gov. Rick Snyder and top Republicans from the state House and Senate announced today they will move forward to make Michigan a Right to Work state.

A news release from the Governor's office calls the effort "freedom to work legislation."

It says right-to-work isn't retaliation against workers but gives them a choice about whether to support a union or not.

Gov. Rick Snyder and the two top Republican legislative leaders -- Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville and House Speaker Jase Bolger say they have been meeting privately this week to decide whether to push the contentious issue during the waning days of the session.

Throngs of labor supporters are chanting at the state Capitol.

Union representatives are holding a news conference at the Capitol as well.

In 2010, WZZM 13 reported on Right to Work to explain the benefits and costs of the proposal. Click here to see that story.