MI governor signs right-to-work legislation into law
By Andrew Keller, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
Gov. Snyder addresses media shortly after signing Right to Work Legislation
LANSING, MI (WNEM) -
Right to work in Michigan is now officially a done deal. This was after a massive protest outside of the Capitol on Tuesday, where an estimated 10,000 or so union supporters showed up to show their objection to right-to-work legislation.
On Tuesday evening, MI Gov. Rick Snyder told a group of reporters he signed the legislation that will allow workers in both the public and private sector to decide if they want to be in a union.
"This is an answer that's in the best interest of Michigan workers and jobs in Michigan," said Snyder.
So now, 90 days after the current legislative session in Lansing wraps up, workers will be able to pay or opt out of unions.
"This is a major day in Michigan's history. I don't view this as anti-union at all," Snyder said.
But Flint UAW member Larry Kozak said he doesn't buy it. He said his grandfather was part of the sit-down strike 80 years ago. On Tuesday night, he joined a group of about 100 protesters and marched outside of Snyder's office at the Romney Building shortly after they learned he had signed the bill.
"We fought over the years to help the working family and the working people, and this is basically a big shock and big surprise," said Kozak.
Michigan AFL-CIO President Karla Swift agrees.
"He is so out of touch with Michigan's working men and women and the challenges working men and women face. He has lied to us, and he hides in the darkness of night, he signs this bill, and he is tearing this state apart," Swift said.
But Snyder said tearing apart the unions isn't the intent.
"My first focus is always to say how can we find common ground and solve the problems," Snyder said.
Terry Bowman, a union member who works at Ford and supports of the bill, thinks this will be the best for the long run.
"Union officials then have to, by necessity, look at their membership and say that's my customer, I have a product to sell, I have a service to sell, and I have to start doing my job better," said Bowman.
Snyder said Tuesday night he believes there could be litigation on what he has officially signed into law. However, he said he thinks this has gone through the proper legislative process and everything was done by the books.
Michigan will now join 23 other right-to-work states.
Copyright 2012 WNEM (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.
Thursday, May 23 2013 1:33 PM EDT2013-05-23 17:33:26 GMT
Remember the Kmart's "Ship My Pants" ad? Well Kmart isn't finished with their controversial ads. The company launched their latest video about Big Gas Savings on Thursday. It even features the sameMore >
The company launched their latest video about "big gas savings" on Thursday.More >
Tuesday, May 7 2013 7:00 PM EDT2013-05-07 23:00:58 GMT
In a matter of weeks, millions of periodical Cicadas will invade Connecticut for the first time in 17 years. Every 17 years, millions of Cicadas, which have big red eyes and red-orange wing veins, comeMore >
In a matter of weeks, millions of periodical cicadas will invade Connecticut for the first time in 17 years.More >
Friday, May 24 2013 12:50 PM EDT2013-05-24 16:50:15 GMT
A 14-year-old boy from Waterbury died in his sleep this week and left his parents and friends wondering why. Kimani Brown was a freshman at Crosby High School and in perfect health, according to familyMore >
A 14-year-old boy from Waterbury died in his sleep this week, leaving his parents and friends wondering why.More >
Friday, May 24 2013 7:27 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:27:43 GMT
Police in several towns are advising the public to be aware of residential break-ins that have happened when families were out attending a wake or funeral for a loved one. Glastonbury police said thereMore >
Police in several towns are advising the public to be aware of residential break-ins that have happened when families were out attending a wake or funeral for a loved one.More >
Friday, May 24 2013 6:21 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:21:13 GMT
The Hartford Police Department is investigating incident involving students at the West Middle School and a cell phone video. The incident is also being investigated by the Connecticut States Attorney'sMore >
The Hartford Police Department is investigating an incident involving students at the West Middle School and a cell phone video.More >
Friday, May 24 2013 4:29 PM EDT2013-05-24 20:29:15 GMT
Happy Saturday, Rain is on its way – as expected – but it will not hamper the entire weekend. Early this morning, there will be low clouds, fog and drizzle in many parts of Connecticut. This will haveMore >
Friday, May 24 2013 3:02 PM EDT2013-05-24 19:02:18 GMT
Federal officials investigating last week's commuter train derailment in Connecticut say the engineer described an "unusual condition" on the track before the train derailed. The National TransportationMore >
Federal officials investigating last week's commuter train derailment in Connecticut say the engineer described an "unusual condition" on the track before the train derailed.More >
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:08 PM EDT2013-05-24 01:08:56 GMT
Five people were arrested in the robbery of $4 million in jewelry fromAccording to police, first two people were bound and gagged with duct tape during home invasion on Gravel Street in Meriden duringMore >
Five people were arrested after a brazen overnight jewelry store robbery that involved kidnapping and hours of being tied up while the suspects loaded up $5 million in jewels.More >