From the AFL-CIO breaking news:
Breaking: Michigan Senate Passes Right to Work For Less Bill
The Michigan State Senate just passed the right to work for less bill. The House passed a similar bill earlier today and Gov. Rick Snyder (R) says he will sign the legislation that rolls back workers rights.
The measure passed on a 22-16 vote Thursday after hours of impassioned debate. Four Republicans joined all 12 Democrats in opposition.
After months of claiming right to work for less was not on his agenda, Snyder changed course this week and began a rapid push to move the bill through the legislature. The Nations John Nichols writes that the Michigan action is part of a bold anti-labor move launched in coordination with a Koch Brothers-funded Americans for Prosperity project to pave the way for right to work in states across our nation.
GOP legislative leaders had plotted behind closed doors with Governor Snyder, to have Michigan join the traditionally lower-wage states that decades ago enacted Right-to-Work laws to thwart the rise of a labor movement that promoted civil rights, womens rights and economic justice.
More than 3,000 union members and workers’ rights advocates rallied against the legislation and for several hours police shut the doors to the Capitol, keeping protesters out of the House and Senate galleries. Several people were maced as they tried to enter.
A number of Michigan workers, insisting on their right to petition their own elected officials, filed a lawsuit in Ingham County Circuit Court and won an injunction Judge Joyce Draganchuk. Her order specifies that state authorities must stop denying access to the democratic process and open the Capitol’s doors.
Have only one comment:
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Does Snyder sign tonight or tomorrow? :-)