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Democrats introduce legislation to repeal right-to-work law

Posted at 1:10 PM, Dec 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-12 13:10:19-05

Three state senators introduced bills Tuesday to repeal Michigan's right-to-work law, which they say hurts working families.

The right-to-work law was approved by lawmakers in 2012 and took effect in 2013. It allows Michigan workers to choose whether to join a union.

Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D-Flint), Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D-Taylor), and Sen. Steve Bieda (D-Warren) say the law diminishes workers; freedom to negotiate for better pay and benefits.

“Michigan workers deserve the freedom and liberty to make decisions that suit their career ambitions without government mandating how they can and cannot associate,” Sen. Ananich said. “They deserve the right to work for more, and that’s what this legislation will do.”

Governor Rick Snyder is a strong proponent for the right-to-work law. He believes it makes Michigan's economy more competitive, grow stronger, and produce more jobs for the state.