Unions To Keep Fighting "Right To Work" Law

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Union leaders and workers say Gov. Rick Snyder offered no olive branch in his State of the State address.

FILE - In this file photo taken Dec. 11, 2012 Gov. Rick Snyder speaks at a news conference in Lansing, Mich. Early forecasts suggest that the political climate at the Michigan Capitol will be chilly when lawmakers return in January. A slightly larger bloc of Democrats in the state House won't be enough to overcome majority Republicans or the GOP grip on the Senate and governor's office. But the party out of power remains bitter about a legislative landslide in the final working days of 2012 that included sending nearly 300 bills to Gov. Snyder and transforming labor bastion Michigan into the nation's 24th right-to-work state. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Union leaders and workers say Gov. Rick Snyder offered no olive branch in his State of the State address and they will keep fighting the right-to-work legislation he recently signed.
United Auto Workers Local 652 President Mike Green was among about 200 union workers protesting outside the Capitol on Wednesday night. He said Thursday that Snyder's silence on unions was "just like he didn't pay attention to what the people wanted in the first place."
Green won't discuss concrete steps the union will take to fight the legislation that Snyder signed into law last month but says union workers "are not going away."
Union members picketed Thursday outside a Snyder appearance in Midland.
Right-to-work laws bar unions from collecting mandatory fees from workers they represent under collective bargaining agreements.


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