RTW for Public Workers Passes House, 58-51
House Bill 4003, dealing with Right To Work for public sector employees, has passed the MI House by a vote of 58-51. The 58-51 vote mirrors the 58-52 vote on a private RTW bill on Thursday.
Under the legislation, a worker cannot be required to pay any union dues, fees or assessments to "provide anything of value to a labor organization." Any contract that mandates dues or fees as a condition of employment is "unlawful and unenforceable."
The vote came after more than 20 speeches from mostly Democratic members who used carefully chosen words to slam the proposal in front of a mostly respectful gallery of observers.
State troopers armed with tear gas canisters, pepper spray and batons are among dozens of officers guarding the Capitol in Lansing as the right-to-work battle heats up in Michigan.
About 20 troopers alone were assembled in front the House chamber doors on Tuesday as protesters gathered in the rotunda area and hallways in anticipation that lawmakers would finalize divisive right-to-work legislation.
Stomping protesters chanted, "No justice. No Peace" and "Shut it down."
Several of the troopers in front of the House doors were armed with tear gas canisters, pepper spray and batons.