The Michigan House of Representatives just voted to approve right-to-work legislation. Governor Richard Snyder, who is leading the movement, is a Republican. No Democrats voted for it.
Michigan has the fifth highest number of unionized workers. The state gave birth to the UAW which eventually helped to destroy the US auto industry. It is also home to the International Home of Teamsters, numerous AFL-CIO unions and government unions.
The unions began protesting before the vote was taken with one man yelling “Heil Hitler.”
After the vote, eight tried to charge past two troopers into the Capitol and were arrested.
Protesters waved placards and chanted slogans such as “Union buster” and “Right-to-work has got to go.” They were pepper sprayed when they continued their unruly behavior.
The Capitol, which was temporarily closed because of safety concerns, reopened Thursday afternoon, sending hundreds of protesters streaming back inside with chants of, “Whose house? Our house!”
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says the average unemployment rate is lower in right-to-work states versus collective bargaining states. The Michigan law will take away unions’ ability to fire workers for not paying them.
Unions will no longer be able to bolster their political power by taking money from people who don’t support their agenda. If approved, Michigan would become the nation’s 24th right-to-work state.
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