In Michigan
6:25 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

AFL-CIO: still broad support for unions in Michigan

LANSING, MI –

State union leaders say lawmakers should focus on creating more jobs in Michigan with more support for education and public services. And they say lawmakers should not try to make Michigan a right-to-work state. The Michigan Public Radio Network's Laura Weber reports.

Karla Swift is president of the Michigan chapter of AFL-CIO. She says most people in Michigan still support unions and collective bargaining rights, and would not want Michigan to be a right-to-work state. And she says Governor Rick Snyder has signaled he does not favor a right-to-work law, either.

"The governor's made his position clear that he wants to do the work of rebuilding Michigan's economy and creating jobs, and not spend time on right-to-work," she says.

Swift says right-to-work laws have not proven effective in many states with high unemployment rates. Supporters of right-to-work say it would help Michigan attract new businesses.