Could worker freedom from union compulsion come to Michigan? It looks like only Republicans can stop it:
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Republicans in Gov. Rick Snyder’s own backyard are urging the GOP chief executive, state Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, and other area legislators to support enactment of a state Right to Work law that would protect employees from being forced to join or pay dues to a labor union as a condition of employment.
The Washtenaw County Republican Executive Committee Thursday night — by vote — adopted a resolution proposed by the Willow Run Tea Party Caucus saying a Right to Work law will “guarantee individual freedom of choice and help attract and create new jobs in Michigan.”
“No person (should) be required as a condition of obtaining or continuing public-sector or private-sector employment to: resign or refrain from membership in, voluntary affiliation with, or voluntary financial support of, a labor organization, (or) become or remain a member of a labor organization, or pay any dues, fees, assessments, or other charges of any kind or amount…to a labor organization,” the resolution said.
Judy McCoy, a member of the GOP committee, said Right to Work legislation “is a civil rights law that will protect employees from job discrimination on the basis of union membership or financial support. No employee should be discriminated against and fired for choosing to join or support a union, or for choosing not to. Every person should be free to choose either way without fearing loss of their job.”
“With overwhelming Republican majorities in both houses, and a Republican in the governor’s office, the only people in Lansing who can prevent Michigan from passing a Right to Work law are, obviously, Republicans,” McCoy said. “We’re calling on those Republicans to take the lead in making Michigan a Right to Work state, starting with Gov. Snyder who’s from Washtenaw County, and Sen. Richardville, whose district includes our county.”
McCoy said the county party’s action is consistent with the platform adopted at the Republican National Convention in 2008, which states: “We affirm both the right of individuals to voluntarily participate in labor organizations and bargain collectively and the right of states to enact Right-to-Work laws.”