Michigan poised to become first state in almost six decades to repeal right-to-free-ride laws
Not a 100% done deal yet, but looking good:
Democratic lawmakers in the state Senate passed legislation Tuesday to repeal Michigan’s right-to-work law opposed by labor advocates who argue that the law allowing those in unionized jobs to opt out of paying union dues and fees has led to stagnant wages and weakened protections for workers in the state.
Most states in the U.S. have right-to-work policies in place. Michigan could become the first in nearly 60 years to repeal its law.
“Today, we are showing the world that Michigan is not only where we make things and build things, it’s where the people who do so are respected,” said state Sen. Darrin Camilleri, D-Trenton, who introduced Senate Bill 34 repealing Michigan’s right-to-work law for private sector workers that passed on a party-line vote.
House Democrats passed their own bill last week, so the two chambers will have to agree on which version to send to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for her signature. But both chambers have now passed House Bill 4004, which would repeal right-to-work for public sector workers in the event that the U.S. Supreme Court reverses a previous decision barring public sector unions from requiring employees covered by collective bargaining agreements to pay union dues.
Good to see a new Democratic majority actually using it right!