Thursday, February 28, 2013
State Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood gives Michigan residents a chance to voice their opinions.
State Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D–Taylor), whose district includes Wyandotte, has introduced a website that allows Michigan residents to sign a petition in an effort to repeal right-to-work legislation enacted during a lame duck session in December 2012, according to Hopgood's website. The website, www.repealRTW.com, also features information on the legislation, how the legislation was passed and ways to contact local legislators. “Now that the legislature has had an appropriate amount of time to process the real data behind right-to-work laws, and more information has come out about their true nature, I believe we can all agree that right-to-work is wrong for Michigan,” Hopgood said on his website. Hopgood represents the Michigan Senate …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Gov. Rick Snyder signed the bills into law on Tuesday.
People came from as close as down the street and as far as Chicago and Wisconsin, joining thousands of union members in a protest against right-to-work legislation Tuesday in Lansing. Despite the roar of the crowds lining the lawn of the Capitol building and surrounding streets, two pieces of legislation passed by the Senate last week made their way through the state House of Representatives and were signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder Tuesday afternoon. 10,000 on the Capitol lawn Michigan State Police estimated that protesters at the Capitol numbered around 10,000 on Tuesday. Most were union members and supporters, while a small contingent of tea party and Americans for Prosperity members—both of which support right-to-work legislation—…
Monday, December 10, 2012
President says proposed right-to-work laws give people "the right to work for less money" during an appearance in Redford Township.
President Barack Obama took direct aim at proposed right-to-work legislation during an appearance Monday in Redford Township. Obama waded into Michigan’s brewing labor battle that erupted last week when Gov. Rick Snyder said right-to-work legislation was on his agenda and union groups protested at the state Capitol in Lansing. "We should do everything we can to keep creating good middle-class jobs that help folks rebuild security for their families," Obama said Monday in a speech at the Daimler Detroit Diesel plant, according to the Huffington Post. Obama added that with right-to-work laws, “what they're really talking about is giving you the right to work for less money.” More protests are expected in Lansing on Tuesday as right-to-work …
UAW members and other unions are expected to protest at the state Capitol in Lansing today as the state Legislature considers proposed right-to-work legislation. Patch will be in Lansing, as well, posting live updates throughout the day.
Patch will provide live updates from Lansing today as the state Legislature considers right-to-work legislation. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced last week that he would put right-to-work on his agenda. Following Snyder's announcement, Republicans in the Legislature put bills forward in both houses, prompting protests in Lansing by union groups, including the UAW. More protests at the Capitol are expected today as the Legislature again takes up the proposed legislation. Check back throughout the day for the latest news and views from the Capitol, and let us know what you think by leaving a comment. Watch live video from various sources in Lansing, or join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #righttowork. How to join the …
Wyandotte residents are amongst many who oppose the bill that's on its way to becoming state law.
As Michigan’s right-to-work legislation heads back for a final vote on Tuesday, unions and legislative opponents of the law say that the battle is not over—even if there’s not much they can do to stop the bill from passing. The bills, separate versions of which were passed last week in the house and senate, are sitting through a five-day waiting period before they can be reconciled. Democratic Dearborn Sen. Morris Hood said that the expectation in Lansing is that the Senate-approved versions of the bills will go over to the house for approval on Tuesday. “At this point, (senators) don’t have a large course of action in which we can do besides continue to lobby on behalf of our contingent and still have a process before it goes to the house…
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Leave a comment and join the conversation about the proposed right-to-work legislation.
Friday, December 7, 2012
Post your views on the proposed right-to-work legislation by adding it to the Local Voices section of Wyandotte Patch.
Do you have an opinion on the proposed right-to-work legislation? Then we would like you to let everyone know about it by sharing it on Wyandotte Patch. All you need to do is add your opinion—it could be as short as a sentence or as long as a term paper—to our Local Voices section. It’s quick and easy to do. Just click here to post your opinion. Whether you are for or against the right-to-work bills, we would love for you to share your voice with the Wyandotte community.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced Thursday morning that he would sign right-to-work legislation if passed by the state Legislature.
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 …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Let us know what you think by voting in the poll and leaving a comment below.
Should Michigan become a right-to-work state? That’s a question that may face legislators in Lansing after Gov. Rick Snyder said Tuesday that right-to-work legislation is on “his agenda.” State Democrats went on the defensive Wednesday, saying they would oppose any right-to-work laws—even if it meant litigation. Right-to-work legislation effectively would end closed union shops, according to the Detroit Free Press. According to Businessweek, the laws usually let workers refuse to pay union dues. What do you think? Should Michigan become a right-to-work state? Let us know by leaving a comment below.