Michigan House Passes GOP’s Union-Busting Legislation

The Michigan state House of Representatives has passed a so-called “right-to-work” law by a vote of 58–51. Gov. Rick Snyder (R) has already promised to sign the legislation into law, even though it has dire consequences for both Michigan’s union and non-union workers.

Thousands of workers amassed outside the state capitol in Lansing this morning to protest the law’s passage, but with Snyder’s signature, the state will become the 24th to adopt “right-to-work.”

The House legislation refers to public sector unions; the House is expected to vote on “right-to-work” legislation for private sector unions, which the Senate has already passed, later today.

Before the vote, Democrats introduced an amendment that would put “right-to-work” before voters as a ballot referendum, but House Republicans blocked the amendment’s approval.