Apparently, the Republican-dominated legislature yesterday passed two versions of right to work legislation in a lame duck session rapidly. This was to avoid damage to the capitol buildings of the type that happened in Madison, WI when the unions occupied buildings and destroyed public property in protest to legislation. The Michigan capitol was locked down. The proposed legislation would be impervious to public referendum, as it would be part of a million-dollar appropriations bill.
Republican Governor Rick Snyder voiced his support and pledged to sign the legislation that would give workers the opportunity to choose whether to be union members or not.
The legislation exempted public sector police and firefighters due to the dangerous nature of their work.
Right-to-work laws do not affect collective bargaining "except for taking away the union's ability to get a worker fired for not paying them (dues)," Vernuccio added....
Michigan State AFL-CIO President Karla Swift, in a statement posted on the United Auto Workers' website, said workers in right-to-work states make an average of $1,500 less per year and are less likely to have pensions or health care benefits. "The growth rate for right-to-work states before they adopted such policies is actually higher than the growth rate for these states after they adopted these laws," she said.
F. Vincent Vernuccio (of the Mackinac Center free market think tank) said the comparison was not a fair one. "They're comparing apples and oranges," he said. "When you factor in cost of living, workers are actually paid more in right-to-work states."Angry union workers protested via social media.
Obama spokesman reiterated Obamas opposition to right to work laws.