Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Right to Work Legislation in Michigan

Today the Governor signed into law Right to Work legislation in Michigan amidst a lot of protest from Union workers. US Sen. Carl Levin (D) claims the Right to Work legislation in Michigan, “For millions of Michigan workers, this is no ordinary debate. It’s an assault on their right to have their elected bargaining agent negotiate their pay, benefits and working conditions, and to have all who benefit from such negotiations share in some way in the cost of obtaining them.”

I wonder if Sen. Levin read the bill passed and signed in Michigan. If you have not, please take a moment to do so: http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(lsyxcd55bpr3vn2h1txdn1yw))/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&objectname=2011-HB-4003

The Michigan bill, in a nutshell, states that under no condition of employment shall anyone be forced to join or not to join the Union or pay for the a representative to collectively bargain for them. I ask, How is this a bad thing for workers? It doesn't prevent people from being in a Union. Let's put the rhetoric aside and actually look at the bill and discuss the "right" one has to gain employment without being forced to join or not to join a Union. Interestingly enough the bill doesn't alter Police or Fire department Unions.