Snyder Urges Legislature to Pass Right-to-Work Bill in Next Few Days

Gov. Rick Snyder announced Thursday that he would like to see right-to-work legislation on his desk before the end of this year's legislative session.

Michigan could very well be a right-to-work state in 2013 following Gov. Rick Snyder's call to action Thursday for the state legislature to pass a "workplace fairness and equity" bill in the next few days.

Despite throngs of protesters on the Capitol lawn and in the lobby of the governor's headquarters, Snyder went ahead with the press conference Thursday morning to urge legislators to get a right-to-work bill on his desk before the holiday break.

In a new Pure Michigan ad published today on YouTube, Snyder says his decision to pursue such legislation is "about being pro-work and giving workers the freedom to choose who they associate with."

Although this legislation would cover both the public and private sectors, there would be an exception for police and firefighters.

With the end of this year's legislative session fast approaching, The Detroit News suggests Republican lawmakers would "likely attach right-to-work legislation to an existing bill to bypass the normal process of introducing new legislation that has to sit in both houses of the Legislature for at least five days." 

Would you like to see Michigan become a right-to-work state? Tell us in the comments.

PT December 07, 2012 at 12:48 PM
This is a big opportunity for unions to thrive by providing real benefit. Why shouldn't workers have a choice whether or not to spend their hard earned money on union dues? This is not about collective bargaining it is about workers having a choice. This would mean union leadership would actually have to earn their wages by providing real benefit to encourage membership. If the unions can be accoutable to members with value for their dues workers will choose to join. In states where this is already law they still have unions and collective bargaining. It just makes leadership more accountable to members because joining is not a requirement of employment.
Jenelle December 07, 2012 at 02:57 PM
I have always believed that forcing someone into a union is a breach of our freedom. We had no choice but to give up our hard earned money! How dare they?! Glad this is passing through, it's MY money, I have the right to CHOOSE.
Larry Mitchell December 07, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Michigan Union membership is 17.5%. Other states like Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Arizona and Louisiana, that passed this law have membership at less than 5% and do not have collective bargaining rights for workers. Wages for workers on average in these states have gone down to about $10 @ hr. They all have had increases in unemployment rates, uninsured workers, obesity levels and lower education test scores in their schools. Poverty levels have increased dramatically. The inequality between the haves and poor is startling and indicates a lower quality of life and higher 'misery' rate for 95% of their populations. Getting the facts straight are important to making good choices. Stay well. - Larry
Larry Mitchell December 07, 2012 at 04:02 PM
If you work in a union shop, you probably are enjoying the benefits of the collective bargaining whether you join a union or not. Chances are you would not be making as much of the 'hard earned' income without that union, and if you have any health care benefits or a pension, or shared retirement in that workplace, it was established because of the negotiations between the workers and your employer, through a union contract. Collectively you are stronger than as an individual. History shows there are strengths in #'s whether in a community, workplace, or a nation. As an individual, you are at the mercy of a corporation that only wants to make a profit. You are disposable at that point. United we stand, divided we fall. - Happy holidays. - Larry
Chuck Hall December 09, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Is this the same Larry Mitchell that prefaced his last two comments with inuendo and foul language. IMO Larry ... this is certainly no way to represent your beliefs in unionization of a workplace. While I belive you came to your senses and started making valid points. I'am of the opinion that the leadership of these unions that you so defend brought this upon themselves. One only has to follow the money to see where the top brass of Michigan Unions place their bets with unionized employees dues generated by the hourly labor that they provide for a company in order to take home that decent wage. Respectfully submitted.


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