Michigan Becomes A Right-To-Work State
December 12th, 2012
Michigan is now the 24th state to become a right-to-work state. Gov. Rick Snyder signed the bills into law Tuesday evening after it was passed earlier in the day by the state House of Representatives. The controversial package, which makes it illegal to require financial support of a union as a condition of employment, saw opposition from a number of groups showing up on the steps on of the capitol An estimated 10,000 to 12,500 protesters chanted outside the Capitol in Lansing. During a press conference last evening, Snyder said he signed the bills quickly “to get this issue behind us.” Opponents say lawmakers rushed the bills through quickly with little discussion, but, Snyder says the issue has been around for a long time and there had been “extensive discussions.” The state House voted 58-51 Tuesday to pass the right-to-work bill for public employees, and 58-52 on a bill for private sector workers. Both bills had already passed the Senate.