Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The bills were signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday.
LANSING - People came from as close as down the street and as far as Chicago and Wisconsin, joining thousands of union members in a protest against right-to-work legislation Tuesday in Lansing. Despite the roar of the crowds lining the lawn of the Capitol building and surrounding streets, two pieces of legislation passed by the Senate last week made their way through the state House of Representatives and were signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder Tuesday afternoon. 10,000 on the Capitol lawn Michigan State Police estimated that protesters at the Capitol numbered around 10,000 on Tuesday. Most were union members and supporters, while a small contingent of tea party and Americans for Prosperity members—both of which support right-to-work …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Legislation passed last week in the Michigan House and Senate could reach Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature by Tuesday. Both of St. Clair Shores' representatives in Lansing voted against the Right to Work legislation.
Demonstrators took to the Capitol steps Monday in Lansing to sound off on right-to-work legislation that is poised to become law after Gov. Rick Snyder did an abrupt about-face on the issue last week and a series of related bills passed in the House and Senate. Larger protests are expected today when the legislation could reach Snyder's desk for his signature. Patch will be live-blogging from Lansing as the situation develops. [Are you participating in the demonstrations? Leave a comment, upload a photo or e-mail St. Clair Shores Patch editor Edward Cardenas] Read on for a description of each bill and to find out how lawmakers who represent St. Clair Shores voted. The legislation that would make Michigan a "right-to-work" state was passed …
Monday, December 10, 2012
President says proposed right-to-work laws give people "the right to work for less money" during an appearance in Redford Township.
President Barack Obama took direct aim at proposed right-to-work legislation during an appearance Monday in Redford Township. Obama waded into Michigan’s brewing labor battle that erupted last week when Gov. Rick Snyder said right-to-work legislation was on his agenda and union groups protested at the state Capitol in Lansing. "We should do everything we can to keep creating good middle-class jobs that help folks rebuild security for their families," Obama said Monday in a speech at the Daimler Detroit Diesel plant, according to the Huffington Post. Obama added that with right-to-work laws, “what they're really talking about is giving you the right to work for less money.” More protests are expected in Lansing on Tuesday as right-to-work …
Friday, December 7, 2012
Post your views on the proposed right-to-work legislation by adding it to the Local Voices section of St. Clair Shores Patch.
Do you have an opinion on the proposed right-to-work legislation? Then we would like you to let everyone know about it by sharing it on St. Clair Shores Patch. All you need to do is add your opinion—it could be as short as a sentence or as long as a term paper—to our Local Voices section. It’s quick and easy to do. Just click here to post your opinion. Whether you are for or against the right-to-work bills, we would love for you to share your voice with the St. Clair Shores community.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Gov. Rick Snyder announced Thursday that he would like to see right-to-work legislation on his desk before the end of this year's legislative session.
Michigan could very well be a right-to-work state in 2013 following Gov. Rick Snyder's call to action Thursday for the state legislature to pass a "workplace fairness and equity" bill in the next few days. Despite throngs of protesters on the Capitol lawn and in the lobby of the governor's headquarters, Snyder went ahead with the press conference Thursday morning to urge legislators to get a right-to-work bill on his desk before the holiday break. In a new Pure Michigan ad published today on YouTube, Snyder says his decision to pursue such legislation is "about being pro-work and giving workers the freedom to choose who they associate with." Although this legislation would cover both the public and private sectors, there would be an …
Monday, January 9, 2012
The Macomb County Chamber's third annual Reinventing Macomb panel discussion featured local and state officials debating their views on right to work, the personal property tax and infrastructure.
They sat on opposite sides of the room, but when pressed to weigh in on making Michigan a right to work state, eliminating the personal property tax and improving area infrastructure, Macomb County’s local and state officials stood side-by-side on nearly every issue. More than a dozen county commissioners, city mayors and state representatives gathered at Sycamore Hills Golf Course Jan. 9 to field political and economic questions posed by senior capital correspondent Tim Skubick. “Talk to us about right to work. Is it going to be on the agenda in this new legislative year and why would you stiff your governor by debating it?” Skubick asked state Rep. Pete Lund (R-District 36). While Gov. Rick Snyder maintains he does not want Michigan to …