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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."

GBArt December 07, 2012 at 02:07 AM
"A separate bill currently in the Senate will provide labor freedom rights for government and public workers." NOTHING could be further from the truth!! This says that in a Union Shop, an individual who does not want to pay dues does not have to but is still entitled to all the benefits negotiated by the Union on behalf of the Members. So, people can free load on the benefits without having any real stake in the Union. People can NOW work in a Union Shop without being a full member but they have to pay a fee to cover the costs of administering the contract (this is called a BECK objector and we publicize to members how to go about doing this) but "right-to-work" is totally different than that. Freedom to Freeload! Can you just go use the services at Warwick Hills Country Club without a membership? Does ANYONE think that would be ok? Take full advantage of a membership for which you did not pay? I think not. This is not about Freedom, it is about silencing the voices of workers. Shame of Graves and shame on the GOP in MI for this.
Becky Joe December 07, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Am I wright to say that the union takes the peoples money to be richer and more powerful with not much in return for the workers?
Fentonite December 07, 2012 at 01:04 PM
GBArt, Please enlighten me how ----"So, people can free load on the benefits without having any real stake in the Union"---is any different than welfare or the 47% who receive some kind of government benefit and still----"Take full advantage of a membership for which you did not pay? An inquiring mind wants to know.
Sean Rosekrans December 07, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Not much in return? How about decent wages and safety regulations. Every state with Right to Work has lower wages and a loss of jobs. What is the benefit to the worker?
Fentonite December 07, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Sean, I'm sorry, but I have a lot of questions this morning. If RTW states have lower wages and a loss of jobs----- and workers are so unhappy, please name me a current RTW state that wants to revert to a closed shop state?
MICHAEL 117 December 07, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Graves is truly worthless ! But, the people have voted so they will continue on a path of lower wages and higher taxes for all, if the republicans keep there head in the sand.
Graham Dawson December 07, 2012 at 06:36 PM
How wonderful...now that Michigan is a "right to work" state be prepared for lower wages less health care coverage less work safety If you think Graves was looking out for you or for Michigan, you are sadly mistaken.
Fentonite December 07, 2012 at 07:31 PM
The union, especially the MEA, tried their best to have their man Losey elected. They failed miserably as you can see the results below. The UAW tried to pass Prop 2, they also lost miserably. Elections have consequences. November 6, 2012 Election Results Joseph Graves 53.06 % Steven Losey 46.44 % Not even close. I'm sure that if he didn't vote for RTW, the 53.06% would gladly give him the boot when re-election time comes. Graves played his political cards well and the unions lost.
Sean Rosekrans December 07, 2012 at 11:50 PM
Sorry but I do not feel that giving people lower wages and less health care is a good thing. Businesses prosper when people can buy their products when you lower wages they will purchase less. Wisconsin comes to mind!
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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