Michigan did it! It repealed the state’s “right to work” law.
“Michigan, long known as a mainstay of organized labor, on Friday became the first state in decades to repeal a union-restricting law known as ‘right-to-work’ that was passed over a decade ago by a Republican-controlled Legislature.
The state’s “right-to-work” law had allowed those in unionized workplaces to opt out of paying union dues and fees. Its repeal is seen as a major victory for organized labor with union membership reaching an all-time low last year.
‘Today, we are coming together to restore workers’ rights, protect Michiganders on the job, and grow Michigan’s middle class,’ Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said in a statement Friday after signing the legislation.
The second-term governor also signed legislation restoring a prevailing wage law that had been repealed by Republicans in 2018. It requires contractors hired for state projects to pay union-level wages.
Repealing the ‘right-to-work’ law, enacted in 2012, had long been listed as a top priority for Democrats, who took control of the full state government this year for the first time in 40 years.
Supporters of the repeal poured into the state Capitol in Lansing earlier this month as the House and Senate took up the legislation before approving it along party lines after limited deliberations.
‘It’s a new day here in Lansing,’ Senate Majority Leader Winnie Brinks said prior to the vote. ‘It’s time to once again make Michigan known as a place where workers want to come.’
Democrats had argued that the law allowed for “free riders” that received union representation without having to pay fees or dues. Without it, unions can now require all workers in a unionized workplace to pay fees for the cost of representation in bargaining.”
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