Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The bills were signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday.
LANSING - People came from as close as down the street and as far as Chicago and Wisconsin, joining thousands of union members in a protest against right-to-work legislation Tuesday in 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 on Tuesday afternoon. Rep. Kurt Heise (R-Plymouth) said Tuesday on his Facebook page he supported the bills. "Workplace Fairness and Equality Act passes the House of Representatives, 58-51 I voted in the affirmative," Heise wrote. A short time later, he indicated he voted for the second of the two …
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.
Get local stories like this delivered to you every morning. Click to get signed up! Patch will provide live updates from Lansing on Tuesday as the state Legislature considers right-to-work legislation. To view this live feed from your mobile device, click here. 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…
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 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.” More protests are expected in Lansing on Tuesday as right-to-work …
Friday, December 7, 2012
Post your views on the proposed right-to-work legislation by adding it to the Local Voices section of Plymouth-Canton Patch.
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 Plymouth-Canton 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 Plymouth-Canton community.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced Thursday morning that he would sign right-to-work legislation.
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 Michigan House and Senate passed bills Thursday as a package to advance the legislation. Rep. Dian Slavens (D-Canton) said she opposes right-to-work laws. "I seriously hope my colleagues who voted 'yes' will ask themselves if they made the right decision for Michigan's future," Slavens posted on her Facebook page. Rep. Kurt Heise (R-Plymouth) said on his Facebook page he supported the legislation. "I …