Unions condemn Michigan right-to-work laws

Published: December 14, 2012 6:00 am ET

Related to this story

Topics Public Policy, Automotive

LANSING, MICH. (Dec. 14, 11:30 a.m. ET) — The United Steelworkers and United Auto Workers unions joined with other unions in condemning Gov. Rick Snyder’s Dec. 11 signing of two right-to-work bills, hours after the Michigan House of Representatives passed them.

“Calling this bill ‘Right-to-Work’ is a lie,” said USW International President Leo W. Gerard regarding one of the new laws, which forbid private-sector unions from requiring non-union workers to pay union dues. One of the laws forbids the same from public employee unions, although it exempts police and firefighter unions.

“The only rights it will provide are the rights of millionaires and billionaires to do whatever they want to working people,” Gerard said. “This is wrong for Michigan and wrong for hard-working people across the United States.”

Michigan is the 24th state to establish right-to-work laws. Supporters of the laws say they protect the rights of individual workers and foster job creation. Opponents, however, say such laws starve unions of funds needed for collective bargaining with management.

Right-to-work laws are doubly unfair, opponents say, because non-union workers benefit from labor contracts negotiated by unions.

Thousands of Michigan residents picketed the Michigan State House in Lansing Dec. 11 and 12 in protest of the bills. The UAW estimated the crowd at over 17,000.

“Snyder rushed the bill through in just six days, with no public hearing,” the UAW said. “The bill reverses decades of balanced labor law in Michigan, which has yielded stable industrial relations, good middle-class jobs and broadly shared prosperity. Studies have shown that workers in so-called ‘right-to-work’ states earn an average of $1,500 less annually.”

At a news conference, Snyder blamed the unions for bringing the right-to-work issue to the forefront by sponsoring Proposal 2, a ballot initiative that would have outlawed Right-to-Work laws in Michigan. The measure was defeated in the Nov. 6 election.

“I don’t believe we would be standing here in this time frame if it hadn’t been for Proposal 2,” Snyder said.


Comments

Unions condemn Michigan right-to-work laws

Published: December 14, 2012 6:00 am ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

China's biggest fuel tank maker getting a US foothold

April 23, 2014 4:41 pm ET

The majority owner of China's biggest fuel tank maker is expanding its global automotive footprint with the acquisition of the fuel tank unit of...    More

Image

How CEO Santi is changing ITW

April 23, 2014 2:48 pm ET

Scott Santi is showing he can do more than just cut costs at Illinois Tool Works Inc.    More

Sale of Romanian PVC producer Oltchim assets postponed again

April 23, 2014 1:35 pm ET

The long anticipated privatization of insolvent Romanian PVC producer Oltchim has been postponed yet again, this time until mid-May.    More

Some medical devices could get faster approval with new FDA rules

April 22, 2014 7:41 pm ET

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is proposing an expedited approval for medical devices for devices aimed at the diagnosis or treatment of...    More

Image

Two Ohio groups team up to accelerate development of future medical devices

April 22, 2014 9:55 am ET

The Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron and Cleveland-based design specialists Nottingham Spirk announced a strategic partnership that the two org...    More

Market Reports

Market Data Book - Rankings & Lists

A one-stop download of Plastic News' exclusive annual lists and processor rankings containing essential data including sales, employees, end markets, materials and more.
EXCLUSIVE EXCEL FEATURE: full mailing address details for available plant locations.

Learn more

Thermoformed Packaging 2014 Market Review & Outlook North America

This in-depth report provides analysis and discussions of economic and political conditions, market trends, legislative/regulatory activity impacting supply and demand, business opportunities and threats, materials pricing, manufacturing technology, as well as strategies being implemented by thermoformed packaging companies. In addition, there are reviews of 25 leading thermoformers in the packaging segment, assessing their growth initiatives and performance metrics over 10 years.

Learn more

Mold Making and Tooling Review and Outlook 2014 North America

This report provides in-depth analysis of the mold and toolmaking market for North America, including discussions of trends, opportunities, threats, the latest developments in production and labor and equipment trends impacting moldmakers.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

May 6, 2014 - May 8, 2014Plastics in Medical Devices 2014

May 12, 2014 - May 12, 2014Plastics News Brazil Pharma Summit

September 10, 2014 - September 12, 2014Plastics Caps & Closures 2014

February 3, 2015 - February 7, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

More Events