Koch-Funded ALEC and Americans For Prosperity Launch Assault on Michigan Unions
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This is a change in tune for the Governor who previously said that the legislation was not a "policy priority" because it was " too divisive."
The move was political payback for the unions that had attempted to protect themselves from such an assault by changing the Constitution in an unsuccessful ballot measure this past fall. "The union bosses overreached in Michigan when they tried to strong arm their way into our Constitution, and we are proud to stand with the elected officials who are going to strike a blow for workplace freedom," said AFP’s Hagerstrom. AFP opposed Prop 2 and other pro-union measures on the ballot.
But "workplace freedom" does not translate into higher wages.
"Laws like this bring lower wages, slashed benefits, disappearing pensions and unsafe workplaces. They silence the voices of people who work for a living. Calling this bill ‘Right-To-Work’ is a lie. The only rights it will provide are the rights of millionaires and billionaires to do whatever they want to working people. This is wrong for Michigan and wrong for hard-working people across the United States," said United Steelworkers President Leo Gerard.
"If what we want to do is do a little bit better at attracting certain kinds of low-wage jobs, I think this may help," Michigan economist Charles Ballard said. "But it’s an awful lot of political blood to be spilled for something that will not galvanize Michigan’s economy."
CMD's Harriet Rowan contributed to this article.