Not This Time Guv

There will be few if any supporters for a 2014 re-bid if Rick Snyder forgoes RTW legislation.

We are already hearing that he is attempting an end around with the labor leadership, and somehow the words “sneaky little $||IT” come to mind quickly. The time is perfect with all strategic perspectives considered, and the fact that we need to worry whether a Republican governor would sign such important civil rights legislation is amazing.

As I have already mentioned, it was good to see Devos and Weiser join in the fight. Now there is another high profile participant in the debate. A statement issued today:

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce announced today its support for passage of “freedom to work” legislation that would prohibit employees in Michigan from being forced to join a union or provide financial support to a union as a condition of employment. Currently, Michigan employees can be forced to participate in a union and are required to contribute financially or face termination.

After surveying the Michigan Chamber’s general membership (85 percent support), receiving clear direction from our Board of Directors and carefully reviewing the impact Freedom to Work legislation would have on Michigan, it is clear that now is the time for bold and decisive leadership to pass comprehensive Freedom to Work legislation that applies to both the public and private sectors,” said Michigan Chamber President & CEO Rich Studley. “This action would make Michigan the 24th state (after Indiana) to enact Freedom to Work legislation and it would help create and retain jobs in Michigan and improve our state’s economic competitiveness.”

“We support this legislation because it is good public policy that will protect all employees from being forced to join a union and pay dues against their will,” said Jim Holcomb, Senior Vice President & General Counsel for the Michigan Chamber. “It is important to understand that Freedom to Work legislation is allowed under federal law and does not prohibit a union’s right to exist or prevent collective bargaining – it just gives every employee the ability to decide for themselves if joining and financially supporting a union is the right choice for them.”

The Michigan Chamber represents approximately 6,400 businesses of every size and type in all 83 counties of the state. Michigan Chamber member businesses provide jobs to 1.5 million residents. One of every 2.6 employees in Michigan works for a Chamber member firm.

Well done, and good to see the support.

Now keep up the pressure until Snyder realizes the ‘divisive’ politics he fears will be between him the citizens of Michigan, and the party he represents

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