Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced Thursday that he would pursue right-to-work legislation for public and private employees in the state, according to the Detroit Free Press.
The law would include an exemption for firefighters and police officers, but it would apply to 17.5 percent of Michigan's workforce, according to the Detroit News.
A poll on possible right-to-work legislation on Wyandotte Patch generated several comments.
"Not sure why you would ever think being a Right To Work state is a good idea...unless you like getting paid less for the work you do," Jerry Barton said. "The only ones that benefit from Right To Work legislation are the employers."
Another commenter, Just Sayin', disagreed: "I think right to work is ok, if you dont want to join why should you be forced to pay for it."
U.S. Rep. John Dingell, who represents Wyandotte and the Downriver area in Congress, issued a statement Thursday afternoon.
"It is absolutely appalling that the State Legislature passed a right-to-work bill,” Dingell said in the state. "Governor Snyder would do well not to sign the measure into law because it reflects the skewed priorities of right-wing radical Republicans, who are hell-bent on destroying the middle class. The labor movement in Michigan helped build this country’s middle class, and this new bill will undo years of hard-fought progress by working men and women in this state. I cannot condemn this bill strongly enough and consider it blatant kowtowing to special interests who don’t blink twice when shipping jobs overseas and sticking it to working American families. It’s also disgraceful that Democrats were locked out of the Legislature and pepper spray was used on protestors to ensure this bill’s passage. This is heavy-handed union-busting, pure and simple, and it’s an outrage."
NOTE: This story was updated at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6 with a statement from U.S. Rep. John Dingell.
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