Michigan Labor Unions Enraged by Right-to-Work Issue image

If Republicans pass a law banning the mandatory union-dues payments, Michigan might become the 24th U.S. right-to-work state.

After the organized labor lost quite an expensive ballot campaign last month, now this issue has prompted them to urge members to visit the capitol personally and to lobby lawmakers on the issue.

“Right-to-work is on the agenda, we are having discussions on it,” Republican Governor Rick Snyder told reporters in Lansing yesterday after emerging from a meeting with the party’s legislative leaders. “We haven’t made any decisions.”

A compromise is expected to be reached by tomorrow between the unions and the lawmakers. If the right-to-work legislation law passes, Michigan would become the second Midwest industrial state to adopt a mandatory dues ban in the last year, after Indiana in February 2012.

After Snyder previously said that this issue is ‘not on my agenda,’ last week he met with UAW President Bob King to discuss the matter. At the beginning of this week the state Chamber of Commerce came out in favor of such a measure.

“If the unions are providing a valuable service to the workers, the workers should be allowed to decide whether they want to join and financially support” them, said Pannebecker, 53, a UAW member at a Detroit-area Ford plant.