Republicans are expected to approve contentious “right-to-work” measures, despite thousands of people protests.
Tuesday, December 11th, more than 10,000 unionized workers are expected to go to the state capital of Lansing, protesting against the law which will hurt employees and lower wages. President Obama criticized the Republican “right-to-work” effort, during his visit yesterday at the Daimler Detroit Diesel plant in Redford.
“What they’re really talking about is giving you the right to work for less money,” Obama said to loud applause from workers.
Michigan is the most important state to the labor movement and the home for the US auto industry, with more than 700 plants being located here. After the UAW succeeded in negotiating new contracts with automakers, now their achievements will be ruined by these new laws, which will weaken the organization.
What the right-to-work laws will do is to prohibit closed union shops which compel workers to pay union dues, the equal of a UAW member pay for two hours a month. As last Thursday some protesters entered the Capitol, the police announced that on Tuesday security will be tightened, but the Capitol will be kept open.