The disaster that is “right to work” will be gone from Michigna beginning Tuesday.
“Michigan has long been known as the mainstay of organized labor, but last year, the state became the first in six decades to repeal the ‘right-to-work’ law, and that will go into effect this week.
‘When right-to-work was put into place, the resources that they would use to do that was depleted and it took away their ability to do that effectively,’ said Donnie Blatt, the District 1 director for the United Steel Workers union.
He is looking forward to the repeal of right-to-work to take effect on Feb. 13, saying the law put a burden on unionized workers and took away resources they needed in order to bargain collectively.
‘It means they’re going to have a real say in their workplaces. This means that they’re going to be able to sit with their companies and their managers and be able to bargain for the things that are important to them,’ he said.
The right-to-work law was enacted in 2012 by then-Gov. Rick Snyder. That move drew thousands of union supporters to gather at the capitol to protest the law.
A decade later, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed legislation to repeal right-to-work last March, sparking discussion on how the move will benefit workers and the state as a whole.
Blatt said union workers will now be able to bargain more effectively for benefits, working conditions, and better wages, which in turn will be more beneficial for the state’s economy.”
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