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Repealing Right to Work

Michigan Senators file bill to repeal failed Right to Work law in Michigan

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Dec 14, 2017

Five years after Michigan lawmakers decided to make the state Right to Work, some elected officials are seeing the error of their ways and trying to make amends by repealing the anti-union law.

The bill, which was introduced by Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D–Flint), Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D–Taylor), and Sen. Steve Bieda (D–Warren) would repeal the failed law that was passed by the Republican-led legislature and signed by Republican Governor Rick Snyder. As UCOMM previously reported studies have shown that wages in the Midwest over the last 6 years were 8% lower in Right to Work states like Michigan. Thanks to Republicans in the legislature who gave into pressure from big money interests like the Koch Brothers, everyday people lost thousands of dollars from their paycheck every year.

“For decades, wealthy CEO’s have been experimenting with Michigan workers,” Sen. Bieda said. “Every time they pass a new law, working men and women lose their freedom to fight for the American Dream. It’s this recklessness that we will change under our legislation — and stop the continued erosion of wages and salaries.”

According to a press release from the Senators, they chose to introduce the bill on December 12th to mark the 5-year anniversary of the passage of Right to Work. The bill will now be sent to committee, but with Republicans still in control of the legislature and Snyder still the Governor, it will face an uphill battle. However, Snyder is term-limited and a new Governor will be elected in November, meaning that this bill could force the repeal of Right to Work to become a campaign issue in 2018.

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