As House votes, debate over Right-to-Work heats up
Caroline MacGregor December 11, 2012 | WGVU
As news that
the Republican-led House passed a bill banning workplace rules that make
union membership a condition of employment for government workers, anger grew
among those against it.
with Americans for Prosperity (MI) is in Lansing today surrounded by
shouting protestors. Despite the feelings of those around him on the lawns of
the state Capitol, he strongly believes right to work will move Michigan
“Yes, it's pretty heated up here - quite a bit of debate going on. We had a banner on the Capitol steps because we had reserved it and they torn down the banner, ripped it in half but we taped it back together. Now they're walking around our tent beating drums.”
A short time
later after a motion to delay passage of the legislation was denied and word
that the vote on the first right to work legislation had taken place, demonstrators
voiced disgust as Michigan State Police troopers grabbed riot helmets and
marched up the steps of the House chamber to keep the peace.
Critics of right to work feel it will affect benefits and mean lower wages. Judy MacGregor is a retired
teacher with Walled Lake Schools in Detroit who believes people don’t understand right to work.
“I just feel that, well I know that, if people coming in new don't understand what has happened before them and what got us to this point, they don't want to pay the extra money and what happens is, the employers, why would they want to give benefits if they don't have to? If the union doesn't have enough force behind them, why would they listen to them?”
Right to work
legislation is currently in place in 23 states to stop agreements where
employees have to pay union dues. Opponents strongly believe right to work will kill unions
because workers will have no defense when it comes to better wages, benefits
and protection against false claims in the workplace.
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