Lawmakers React to Snyder Signing Right-To-Work Into Law
Just a week after Governor Snyder said right-to-work was on the agenda, it's the law in Michigan. Some lawmakers aren't surprised it went so quickly. Video by fox47news.comvideo
After right-to-work passed the state House on Tuesday, Democratic representatives knew the signature was coming, and they couldn't do anything about it.
"It doesn't surprise me, they have been ramrodding this through on a very aggressive schedule," Representative Tim Greimel, (D - Auburn Hills), said. "It's really been a slap in the face to the democratic process."
There was no public signing of the law because Governor Rick Snyder said it would just draw more attention to it, but Lt. Governor Brian Calley was there for the historic moment.
"Signing the legislation and doing it as it came here right away was a way to get this part of the process behind us and get the economic growth in front of us," Lt. Gov. Calley said.
The governor vows it will bring jobs to the state. He calls this pro-worker, not anti-union.
"This is an opportunity for unions to step up and say how they can provide the best value to workers in our state, and really be more responsive, listen to them, and hopefully be successful getting workers on board," Gov. Snyder said.
Democratic lawmakers don't see that same future, much less almost any future for unions in Michigan.
"I was hoping this day would never come," Representative Mark Meadows, (D - East Lansing), said. "It sort of signals the demise of influence of unions in the state of Michigan."
It also might represent the demise of any hope of bipartisan politics in the Capitol.
"We would have worked on this," Rep. Meadows said. "We would have had different ideas, but it would have produced an improved product. There are smart people on both sides of the aisle, but the way that they conducted this, it's like we don't exist on the democratic side of the aisle.
Many feel the governor caved to political pressure.
"The Governor has lacked integrity on this issue, and can't be trusted, and that's going to have an effect on our ability to work with the governor," Rep. Greimel said.
The governor said he doesn't respond well to political pressure, and that he only had Michigan's citizens in mind.
Lt. Gov. Calley is hopeful the legislature will put its disagreements aside as they tackle more issues.
"The interests in moving the state forward for generations to come, for this generation and the next generation will overcome the hard feelings that people have," Lt. Gov. Calley said.
The law goes into effect 90 days after the final day of this legislative session. After that it will have a rolling effect as contracts come in and workers need to make decisions.