Snyder Plans to Sign Right-To-Work Legislation
MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Governor Rick Snyder says legislation that would make Michigan the nation’s 24th right-to-work state is all about freedom of choice for workers and bringing new jobs to the state.
The House is expected to pass two bills, one for the public sector and one for the private sector, today. Snyder says he plans to sign the legislation when it reaches his desk, probably on Wednesday, despite saying for the last two years that right-to-work was not on his agenda.
The Governor says the bottom line in passing the legislation is giving workers the opportunity to join a union and pay any associated dues if they please, instead of forcing workers to pay union dues as a condition for employment.
Powerful Michigan unions, including the Michigan Education Association, UAW and AFL-CIO say it’s an attempt to shut down the unions and let big businesses create lower-paying jobs.
Snyder says he encourages unions to be very proactive as to presenting the right value case as to why it’s good to join and when they do, he expects that people will join. He says workers can decide if they see value or not and should their dollars go to the union or not based on seeing that value.
Snyder said research shows that right-to-work laws have brought new and better jobs in states where they’re enacted.
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