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Your Guide to Right-to-Work Bills (And How our Local Lawmakers Voted)

Legislation passed last week in the Michigan House and Senate could reach Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature by Tuesday. Leave a comment or upload a photo if you participate in related demonstrations!

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 Tuesday 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 Rochester Patch.]

Read on for a description of each bill and to find out how lawmakers who represent Rochester and Rochester Hills voted.

House Bill 4054

The legislation that would make Michigan a "right-to-work" state was passed 58 to 52 in the House on Dec. 6, according to michiganvotes.org. The bill would prohibit unions from requiring workers to pay dues as a term of employment. It also includes a $1 million appropriation to make it "referendum-proof," michiganvotes.org reports. (Visit legislature.mi.gov to download the full bill.)

  • Rep. Tom McMillin, R-Rochester Hills, voted yes.

Senate Bill 116

The legislation that would make Michigan a "right-to-work" state was passed 22 to 16 in the Senate on Dec. 6, according to michiganvotes.org. The bill would prohibit unions from requiring workers to pay dues as a term of employment. It also includes a $1 million appropriation to make it "referendum-proof," michiganvotes.org reports. (Visit legislature.mi.gov to download the full bill.)

  • Sen. Jim Marleau, R-Orion, voted yes.

House Bill 4003

The legislation that would extend right-to-work regulations to government and school employees passed 22 to 4 in the Senate on Dec. 6. It passed 63 to 46 in the House on June 8, 2011, according to michiganvotes.org. (Visit legislature.mi.gov to download the full bill.)

  • Rep. Tom McMillin, R-Rochester Hills, voted yes.
Georgie Boy December 13, 2012 at 04:49 PM
" In these days of changing ways......so called, liberated days.....story comes to mind, a friend of mine......." Rod Stewart 1976. So, how far have we come since then? And, how much of history would we like to repeat? I personally, would like to skip much of it. As much as I love Elvis, am not really looking forward to reliving the fifties! And Betsy and Dick Devos are not what I call real 'environmentalists' so may want to rethink the company you keep:)
Georgie Boy December 13, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Happy Holidays.....always good to get a shout out from you.......keeps both of us on our toes:) ( And on a side note, your friends in Lansing could be a little more polite about their timing. As most of us in the audience on Monday night were NOT so pleased to hear what Dr. M. had to say, despite knowing darn well the content before setting foot in the place. I myself was looking forward to a little break from politics......as there are domestic 'things' to be done before Dec 25th. You see, I dont get paid for my participation in our democracy.) As always, give my regards to 'Loverboy'. I am always reminded of that 'Loverboy' song 'Paradise' from the movie 'Footloose'. As life in this town sometimes feels like a scene from that movie. But really, have been listening to a lot of Rod Stewart these days........helps to keep a smile on my face through these tumultuous times! Here......lets sing together, shall we? "Never Wait or Hesitate......Get in Good before its TOO LATE, you may never get another Chance! Cause Youth's a Mask, but it don't last, LIVE it long and LIVE it FAST,.......... Georgie was a Friend of Mine.....................duh duh duh duh duh duh......duh da duh duh da duh uhhh............................................................................................................Oh Georgie Staaaaaay.......Dont Go awaaaay...... ...........Georgie Please Staaaaay.........You Take OUR Breath Away!"
Jon Awbrey December 13, 2012 at 09:24 PM
I see this as State interference with contracts. Businesses sign exclusive contracts with each other all the time, and their owners would be outraged if the state interfered with their freedom to do so. I don't see a labor contract as any different from that. Imagine your company signs a contract with another company that makes your company the exclusive provider of specified goods and services to the other company for a specified fee for a specified time. Suppose the State passes a law saying that any other individual or company who wants to violate that contract has some kind of “Right To Weasel” into your business any time they feel like it. Suppose some individual or company does just that, and the company you contracted with decides that your contract is void, because the other source “adds more value” to their bottom line. Imagine the hue and cry against you when when you protest: “This is about freedom and choice. If your company adds value the other company will observe the contract pay your fees. If your company does not add value the other company will not pay your fees.”
Mike Reno December 20, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Still stewing about this? You make an interesting point, at first glance. But analogy you offer is too simplistic, and you forget that the government does have laws that will interceded... in the case of monopolistic practices. That is really what these labor contracts are. You seem to think that businesses freely enter into these labor contracts, and that is HUGE stretch. Yes, they do approve them, but what choice do they have? I guess they could chose between signing and closing shop? You view it as "Right to Weasel"; we view it as "Extortion Abatement"
Mike Reno December 20, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Oh... and that is just from the business perspective. From the labor perspective, you are still forcing someone to pay a third party for a service that they may or may not want. If they union is good, employees will welcome their representation. When was the last time the UAW held a vote to see if people still wanted a union?

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