Wednesday, December 12, 2012
New law would give workers opportunity to choose.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
State Reps. Bill Rogers and Cindy Denby today (Dec. 11) voted for historic legislation giving all Michigan workers the freedom to earn a living without being compelled to join a union or pay union fees or dues. Senate Bill 116 and House Bill 4003 allow government and private workers in Michigan to seek employment without being forced to pay union dues. The legislation would make paying union dues optional for workers, while still giving unions the ability to collectively bargain. "Everyone deserves the right to join or not join a union and today with this vote, Michigan workers will have that right," said Rogers, R-Brighton. "I am supporting Freedom to Work because Michigan workers deserve the right to make their own choice. Workers …
Gov. Rick Snyder signed the bills into law Tuesday evening.
LANSING - Despite the roar of the crowds lining the lawn of the Capitol building and surrounding streets, two pieces of legislation passed by the Senate last week made their way through the state House of Representatives and were signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder Tuesday afternoon. "I have signed these bills into law. ... We are moving forward on the topic of workplace fairness and equality," he said in press conference announcing that he signed the bills Tuesday evening. With the signature, Michigan became the 24th state in the nation to adopt right-to-work provisions that supporters say will give workers choice and make Michigan more attractive to companies looking to investing in the Midwest. But critics said they fear the move …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
UAW members and other unions are expected to protest at the state Capitol in Lansing on Tuesday as the state Legislature considers proposed right-to-work legislation. Patch will be in Lansing, as well, posting live updates throughout the day.
Patch will provide live updates from Lansing on Tuesday as the state Legislature considers right-to-work legislation. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced last week that he would put right-to-work on his agenda. Following Snyder's announcement, Republicans in the Legislature put bills forward in both houses, prompting protests in Lansing by union groups, including the UAW. More protests at the Capitol are expected Tuesday as the Legislature again takes up the proposed legislation. Check back Tuesday at 9 a.m. for the latest news and views from the Capitol, and let us know what you think by leaving a comment. Or, join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #righttowork. Read more on right-to-work legislation:
Monday, December 10, 2012
President says proposed right-to-work laws give people "the right to work for less money" during an appearance in Redford Township.
President Barack Obama took direct aim at proposed right-to-work legislation during an appearance Monday in Redford Township. Obama waded into Michigan’s brewing labor battle that erupted last week when Gov. Rick Snyder said right-to-work legislation was on his agenda and union groups protested at the state Capitol in Lansing. "We should do everything we can to keep creating good middle-class jobs that help folks rebuild security for their families," Obama said Monday in a speech at the Daimler Detroit Diesel plant, according to the Huffington Post. Obama added that with right-to-work laws, “what they're really talking about is giving you the right to work for less money.” On the Hartland Patch Facebook page last week, several readers …
Legislation passed last week in the Michigan House and Senate could reach Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature by Tuesday. Leave a comment or upload a photo if you participate in related demonstrations.
Demonstrators took to the Capitol steps Monday in Lansing to sound off on right-to-work legislation that is poised to become law after Gov. Rick Snyder did an abrupt about-face on the issue last week and a series of related bills passed in the House and Senate. Larger protests are expected Tuesday when the legislation could reach Snyder's desk for his signature. Patch will be live-blogging from Lansing as the situation develops. Are you participating in the demonstrations? Leave a comment, upload a photo or email Hartland Patch editor Tatum Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org. Read on for a description of each bill and to find out how lawmakers who represent Hartland voted. The legislation that would make Michigan a "right-to-work" state was …
Friday, December 7, 2012
Post your views on the proposed right-to-work legislation by adding it to the Local Voices section of Hartland Patch.
Friday, December 7, 2012
Do you have an opinion on the proposed right-to-work legislation? Then we would like you to let everyone know about it by sharing it on Hartland Patch. All you need to do is add your opinion—it could be as short as a sentence or as long as a term paper—to our Local Voices section. It’s quick and easy to do. Just click here to post your opinion. Whether you are for or against the right-to-work bills, we would love for you to share your voice with the Hartland community.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced Thursday morning that he would sign right-to-work legislation if passed by the state Legislature.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced Thursday that he would pursue right-to-work legislation for public and private employees in the state, according to the Detroit Free Press. The law would include an exemption for firefighters and police officers, but it would apply to 17.5 percent of Michigan's workforce, according to the Detroit News. The legislation has generated several comments on local Patch sites including Wyandotte. "Not sure why you would ever think being a Right To Work state is a good idea...unless you like getting paid less for the work you do," Jerry Barton said. "The only ones that benefit from Right To Work legislation are the employers." Another commenter, Just Sayin', disagreed: "I think right to work is ok, if you dont …