'Right-to-Work' Passes in Michigan

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Bob King (Azi Paybarah/WNYC)

Update: The Michigan House has passed the 'right-to-work' law. 

Labor activists in Michigan may face a historic defeat this week against a "right-to-work" bill that lawmakers have reconvened over today, and which Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has pledged to sign.

Right-to-work laws prevent workers from being required to join a union or pay fees, thereby largely undermining union funds and political power. President Obama condemned the bill before several hundred UAW workers at a Detroit diesel engine plant on Monday.

If the bill goes through, Michigan, a stronghold of union support, will become the 24th state to sign right-to-work legislation into law.

Bob King is the president of the United Auto Workers.


Bob King

Produced by:

Ellen Frankman and Jen Poyant

Comments [3]


I would like to join the union according to Snyder its a choice so everyone
who is working demand the right to join a union of you choice since the gov can change the rules we can write new ones. no more voting on it you should be able to join any union without being punished for asking to start a union and you don't need a majority vote anymore you don't need a vote at all to join. unions need to open their doors-a lot of us want to support you and now is the time for all americans to hold a union card.

Dec. 13 2012 01:21 PM
Shaniqua from Brooklyn

Of course Democrats are going to be confused by 'right to work'. Their definition of a 'right' is something that's at the expense of someone else.

If unions are so great for workers, why do they feel threatened when workers have a choice over whether or not they should join? I thought Democrats were supposed to pro-choice? Obviously it only applies when it involves the termination of fetuses.
This guest is hilarious: "Workers aren't forced to be a union member, but they have to pay their dues regardless, because you have to pay taxes for firemen to put out fires."
Go peddle your social contract BS somewhere else.

Dec. 11 2012 06:55 PM
gary0 from clark, nj

i belonged to the musicians union in nashville. what a useless dunzell. i could go on for an hour, but suffice it to say that they enriched themselves, worked great for about 15 guys and left the rest of us as a fatted calf. i'll never belong to another union because of my experience with local 257. i used the right to work laws to try to bust them myself. they operated very close to my definition of extortion.

Dec. 11 2012 09:53 AM

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