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Graves Votes for Right-to-Work Legislation

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced Thursday that he would pursue right-to-work legislation for public and private employees in the state.

State Rep. Joseph Graves, voted for right-to-work legislation in the state Thursday.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced Thursday that he would pursue right-to-work legislation for public and private employees in the state, according to the Detroit Free Press.

"Unions have an important role in our state, but workers also deserve the chance to choose whether they'd like to be a union member or not which is why I voted for this legislation today," said Graves, R-Argentine Township. "Every worker in Michigan should be allowed the choice to join, support any group or cause and today we have restored freedom in our workplaces."

The House today approved House Bill 4054.

A separate bill currently in the Senate will provide labor freedom rights for government and public workers.  The measure would not apply to law enforcement personnel and firefighters, who are covered under the binding arbitration of Public Act 312.

The legislation does not affect collective bargaining, as it is already enshrined in state law. About 17 percent of Michigan's workforce is unionized.

"Today we are putting Michigan workers back in charge of their own lives and own careers," Graves said. "This change will give our workers more rights and restore workplace fairness and equality to everyone who works in our great state."

Steve Losey December 08, 2012 at 12:37 AM
46.44% not even close??? When you consider that the actual number of votes that I lost by was roughly 2500, it was extremely close. Let's not forget that the district was just redrawn by the Majority to insulate the Republican vote. With s district that is now well over 60% Republican, Mr. Graves victory was anything but a victory. Let's also keep in mind the money that came from the Republican party to facilitate his win, well over $50,000. I didn't take one dime from the Democratic Party. My spending for the November election was under $10,000. I'm very proud of what I accomplished with very little to no help. Right to Work is wrong for Geneses and Oakland County and it's wrong for Michigan. Time will show that. I wish Mr. Graves well and I will continue to hope that he will eventually work to the will of the people as opposed to the will of his political party.
movinon December 08, 2012 at 03:51 AM
I voted for you Steve. I just wish the Republican party would just state their objectives instead of blowing in our ears and telling us it's for our own good. Right to work only helps businesses by weakening unions. It does nothing for workers.
Fentonite December 08, 2012 at 01:46 PM
I don't want to beat a dead horse, so this will be my final post on this subject. RTW legislation will be passed by the legislature and signed by the Governor, if not Tuesday then a few days later. In spite of all the union demonstrations and gnashing of teeth in Lansing, Michigan will become the 24th RTW state. On the issue of---"Right to Work is wrong for Geneses (sic) and Oakland County and it's wrong for Michigan" what about all the thousands of caregivers who unwittingly joined and are being forced to send money to the SEIU, simply because they tend to the medical needs of a friend or family member who receives a Medicaid check? To date the SEIU has purloined over $33 million from the elderly and disabled in Michigan in a unionization scheme orchestrated during Granholm's tenure. Information on this scheme available here: http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/17558 With RTW passing I see, at the very least, an anticipation of a $33 million savings staying into the pockets of a few thousand Michigander workers. That to me, as Martha Stewart would say, "it's a good thing."
Steve Losey December 08, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Arguing the merits of Right to Work is pointless. You are correct the law will be passed and we as residents will have to live and work within its limits. The outcomes remain to be seen and all we can do is hope for the best as the process works itself out. As a Union President and Union supporter, I am hopeful that the law allows me to continue to support my beliefs and choices. I am also hopeful that the law does not force me to represent those who choose not to support the Union movement. If that happens, I am quite sure that those folks (non union members) will be back in the fold when they realize that wages, benefits and working conditions are better achieved and maintained through the collective bargaining process. Oh and by the way, check the studies. Crime will increase. Those that have nothing, have nothing to lose. (ironic how the only groups not targeted in this legislation are police and fire?)
Steve Losey December 08, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Oh and by the way.......how much "time" did Martha Stewart do? More than Jase Bolger did.

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