Lawmakers React to Snyder Signing Right-To-Work Into Law

By: Shannon Kantner Email
By: Shannon Kantner Email

After right-to-work passed the state House on Tuesday, democratic representatives knew the signature was coming, and they couldn't do anything about it.

"It doesn't surprise me, they have been ramrodding this through on a very aggressive schedule," Representative Tim Greimel, (D - Auburn Hills), said. "It's really been a slap in the face to the democratic process."

There was no public signing of the law because Governor Rick Snyder said it would just draw more attention to it, but Lt. Governor Brian Calley was there for the historic moment.

"Signing the legislation and doing it as it came here right away was a way to get this part of the process behind us and get the economic growth in front of us," Lt. Gov. Calley said.

The governor vows it will bring jobs to the state. He calls this pro-worker, not anti-union.

"This is an opportunity for unions to step up and say how they can provide the best value to workers in our state, and really be more responsive, listen to them, and hopefully be successful getting workers on board," Gov. Snyder said.

Democratic lawmakers don't see that same future, much less almost any future for unions in Michigan.

"I was hoping this day would never come," Representative Mark Meadows, (D - East Lansing), said. "It sort of signals the demise of influence of unions in the state of Michigan."

It also might represent the demise of any hope of bipartisan politics in the Capital.

"We would have worked on this," Rep. Meadows said. "We would have had different ideas, but it would have produced an improved product. There are smart people on both sides of the aisle, but the way that they conducted this, it's like we don't exist on the democratic side of the aisle.

Many feel the governor caved to political pressure.

"The Governor has lacked integrity on this issue, and can't be trusted, and that's going to have an effect on our ability to work with the governor," Rep. Greimel said.

The governor said he doesn't respond well to political pressure, and that he only had Michigan's citizens in mind.

Lt. Gov. Calley is hopeful the legislature will put its disagreements aside as they tackle more issues.

"The interests in moving the state forward for generations to come, for this generation and the next generation will overcome the hard feelings that people have," Lt. Gov. Calley said.

The law goes into effect 90 days after the final day of this legislative session. After that it will have a rolling effect as contracts come in and workers need to make decisions.

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  • by Trina Location: East Lansing on Dec 14, 2012 at 08:45 AM
    He's had enough! The governor has decided he only wants to serve one term!
  • by Maryann Location: Dimondale on Dec 13, 2012 at 08:22 PM
    Union memebers haven't had a voice in a very long time, they have been under the illusion of having a union back them, but the long and short of it is, not all memebers are treated equally, and some not at all when it comes to fighting to save a job. Ask any retired GM worker, and I'm sure they would like to have a little more say when it comes to their retirement. they don't have the right to vote on something that will effect them, however they do have to pay union dues. maybe now, retirees can all get together and demand to be repersented, or they can opt out of paying the dues. HMMM maybe this will give the unions some incentive to do something for all of their memebers, not the ones they pick and choose to represent.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 13, 2012 at 03:21 PM
    Hey Lockwood...have another sip of that Kool-aid.
  • by James Lockwood Location: North Adams Mi on Dec 12, 2012 at 09:17 PM
    What did you expect people from a liar as ceo to a liar as candidate Snyder to now Liar govenor Snyder last week he said "I hope this doesn't come up to a vote " to him signing it into law less then 2 hours after it passed the house vote' just more lies but remember folks YOU voted him in by a big margin I guess I'll be moveing to mars sooner than i thought
  • by Cindy Location: Olivet on Dec 12, 2012 at 03:53 PM
    How does Snyder allow more time spent voting on the State logo for license plates than on wages? Michigan is already hurting we don't need MORE lower wages, when big business continues to raise our cost of living. And if all was for the good of the people why did he not spend time with the people? Guess when you make the big bucks and locked in retirement you have no worries about your decisions and can not understand why we have to fight for ours. Can't wait to vote you out of office :)
  • by Victim of Communism Location: Wash DC on Dec 12, 2012 at 03:46 PM
    At the LSJ site, an ex-Democrat PR flack who writes for the City Pulse is telling us to ignore our lying eyes and that the Hot Dog Guy was not stomped by union thugs/Teamsters. Someone tell the flack, that's why the law passed. People are tired of paying for thugs who only want MO of YO Money!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 12, 2012 at 03:21 PM
    The Lt. Governor and Governor both lied to the news media and public about "Right to Work". The employees who "do not" pay union dues have "ALL" the benefits as those employees who pay union dues. Non dues payers cannot vote on contracts, vote to elect union officials, or run for any union office that's all. Why should any employee pay dues if all the benefits are free, including disciplinary representation, wages, and working conditions? Don't be buffaloed by the governor's office.. Thank you,
  • by Name Location: Location on Dec 12, 2012 at 01:13 PM
    This is not good for anyone, and was done in a sneaky underhanded manner. Says a lot about the GOP! I am not a union person, and voted for Snyder, anyone got recall petitions which need signing. Be happy to help.
  • by Anonymous Location: Lansing on Dec 12, 2012 at 11:17 AM
    William that almost sounds like a death threat towards the Governor...I think WILX needs to turn you into the State Police.
  • by Bonnie Location: Lansing on Dec 12, 2012 at 09:51 AM
    Snyder doesn't react well to political pressure!! No kidding! He does very well with bullying on his end!
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