Three and a half months after its stormy journey through the state legislature, Michigan’s Right-to-Work law is about to take effect. Two guests with opposing views of the controversial law join Current State to update the debate. Jim Holcomb is General Counsel for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, which supports the law. Doug Pratt is a spokesperson for the Michigan Education Association, which opposes it.
In reaction to the provision, Wayne State University issued a press release which calls the legislation “punishment” for a proposed contract within the legal requirements of Michigan’s Right to Work law.
Yesterday the House Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee proposed a plan that would cut state revenue to universities that approve new long-term contracts with faculty unions. Several schools including the University of Michigan and Wayne State University have been pursuing the new contracts to delay the impact of Michigan’s new Right to Work law, which is set to take effect next week.
In five weeks, Michigan’s so-called Right to Work law takes effect. Some local Michigan teacher unions are working to lock in new contracts before then. In some cases, it’s an effort to delay the impact of the controversial new law since it will not include contracts already in place by March 27, when it takes effect.
Union leaders and workers say Governor Rick Snyder offered no olive branch in his State of the State address and they will keep fighting the right-to-work legislation he recently signed.
United Auto Workers Local 652 President Mike Green was among about 200 union workers protesting outside the Capitol on Wednesday night. He said Thursday that Snyder's silence on unions was "just like he didn't pay attention to what the people wanted in the first place."
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - State troopers armed with tear gas canisters, pepper spray and batons are among dozens of officers guarding the Capitol in Lansing as the right-to-work battle heats up in Michigan.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Union demonstrators rallying against right-to-work legislation in Michigan have turned the front lawn of the state Capitol into an impromptu carnival that includes giant, inflatable rats representing Republicans supporting the divisive measure.
The Michigan House and Senate have passed the legislation in different versions, and may take final action on the bills next week. Michigan could become the 24th state to say workers cannot be forced to pay union dues even if they work for a business or government employer with union representation.