Group Holds Town Hall in Jackson Touting 'Right to Work'

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As audience members fired off questions, the focus stayed around one point for Scott Hagerstrom.

"What Right to Work is going to do is say Michigan is open for business," said the Director of Americans For Prosperity Michigan.

The legislation's affect on unions and the economy were the main points of the town hall meeting, Monday Night, put on by AFP Michigan in Jackson.
It's the 'Pro-Right to Work' group's first meeting of 12 in the state.

"We want to let people know if they're an individual working on the factory floor, or unionized workplace, what it means for them, but also what it means for Michigan and Michigan's economy," said Hagerstrom.

The meeting featured three speakers who said they were addressing concerns and debunking myths. According to speaker Terry Bowman, one of those myths is the legislation's negative affect on unions.

"It really makes a union official work harder for their union members and that's good for union members," said Bowman, President of Union Conservatives. "It forces unions to become better, stronger in the long run."

Presentations showed Right to Work states having strong unions and the highest growth in population and jobs. UAW Local 652 President Mike Green doesn't buy it.

"The only jobs that are coming here are negotiated jobs," said Green. "We brought the Camaro here. That's negotiated jobs, right here, in Lansing. It's UAW jobs, good paying jobs."

The biggest question asked? When will Michiganders see the effects of Right to Work? Vinnie Vernuccio, of the Mackinac Center, says the fight from unions could tie things up until the 2014 ballot.

"It's going to take a while for the full effect of Right to Work to be felt, a, by the workers and, b, by the economy as a whole," said Vernuccio.

Green says the effect won't be a good one.

"There won't be one good paying job brought here by Right to Work," he said.

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