Raucous Protests As Right-To-Work Laws Pass In Michigan
Governor Rick Snyder says he’ll sign the measures.
The Michigan house passed two right-to-work laws – one focused on public sector workers, and one focused on private-sector workers – on Tuesday, as protesters supporting unions chanted “shame on you” and “union busting is disgusting.” The bills passed the Republican-led Michigan Senate last week, and will be sent to Snyder following procedural actions.
Right-to-work legislation, which is currently in place in 23 states, prevents agreements in which employees are required to pay union dues. American workers can’t be forced to join unions, but many unions and companies have agreements in which all employees must pay union dues.
Right-to-work laws make such agreements illegal. Proponents say they give workers more freedom and are good for business; opponents say they are designed to shrink unions so they have less leverage in fighting for better wages, benefits and working conditions.