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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Union leaders and pro-business groups are reacting to the passage of Michigan's new right-to-work laws -- though the reactions are opposite of each other.

Paul Helder with Grand Rapids Education Association says right-to-work is not a right at all, but a way to drive unions into a financial hole.

Helder says the public doesn't realize that under right-to-work, if a union is already established in a workplace and an employee opts out, the union is still financially required to negotiate for the employee for free.

Eventually, the union is doing so much free work, says Helder, that they can't keep up with the financial demand and they essentially go 'out of business.'

He says the right-to-work act only benefits the wealthy like Snyder and hurts the middle class.

Helderhopes the courts will overturn the new laws.

But others support the new state measures.

"In addition to greater freedom for Michigan's workers, the right-to-work law will provide significant economic benefits for the state's workers and small businesses," says Mark Mix, president of the National Right to Work Committee, in a statement to the Detroit Free Press. "Right-to-work laws are proven job creators that enjoy bipartisan support in 23 other states across the country, witheight inten Americans consistently telling pollsters that they think it is wrong for union officials to have the power to order workers fired for refusing to join or pay dues to a union."