Michigan becomes 24th ‘right-to-work’ state

IT’S THE LAW: Gov. Rick Snyder, right, speaks as Lt. Gov. Brian Calley listens Tuesday at a news conference in Lansing, Mich., after signing the right-to-work law. (AP photo)

By Yaël Ossowski | Watchdog.org

LANSING, Michigan — Ending the battle as easily as it began, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday signed into law “right-to-work” measures that will allow employees to freely choose whether to belong to a union.

The bill was signed just hours after it was passed by both the  House and Senate, unprovoked by the nearly 10,000 union activists and organizers present at the state’s capital to protest the law.

Watchdog.org captured video in Lansing showing dozens of protesters knocking down a tent run by Americans For Prosperity while several people were inside. Other videos posted online show heated confrontations between union workers and law supporters.

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The law will forbid unions from requiring employees to pay union dues in order to be employed.

“Today, Michigan workers won the day as Gov. Snyder signed into law historic legislation ensuring the rights and freedoms of workers are protected by law,“ said Michigan Republican Party chairman Bobby Schostak. “For the first time, Michigan workers will have the choice to decide whether to join a union, or not.”

Yaël Ossowski is an international consumer activist and writer. His writings and interviews have appeared in newspapers, magazines, and online outlets across the world in multiple languages. He is founder and editor of Devolution Review, deputy director at the Consumer Choice Center, and senior development officer for Students For Liberty. He was previously a national investigative reporter at Watchdog.org. He has a Master’s Degree in Philosophy, Politics, Economics (PPE) from the CEVRO Institute in Prague and a Bachelor's in Political Science from Concordia University, Montreal. He currently splits his time between Vienna, Austria and Charlotte, North Carolina.
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