AFP-Michigan Grassroots Activists Converge with Union Protestors

December 06, 2012

AFP-Michigan Grassroots Activists Converge with Union Protestors at Michigan Capitol in Anticipation of Historic Vote on Right to Work
Michigan right to work will be “the shot heard around the world,” says AFP-MI director

LANSING, Mich.—Americans for Prosperity-Michigan grassroots activists and union protestors have converged at the Michigan Capitol in anticipation of a historic vote on right-to-work legislation. Scott Hagerstrom, Michigan director of Americans for Prosperity, issued the following statement:

“Michigan passage of right-to-work legislation will be the shot heard around the world for workplace freedom. A victory over forced unionization in a union stronghold like Michigan would be an unprecedented win on par with Wisconsin that would pave the way for right to work in states across our nation.

“On Tuesday, around 300 of our activists met with their lawmakers to stress the importance of this issue. And over the past week thousands of our activists have called their lawmakers in support of workplace freedom. The vote expected today is a testament to the power of grassroots activism.

“The union bosses overreached in Michigan when they tried to strong arm their way into our Constitution, and we are proud to stand with the elected officials who are going to strike a blow for workplace freedom.

“Freedom is the issue at the core of this debate, and we want to ensure the citizens of Michigan understand this. Under right to work, Michigan workers would still be able to join unions of their choosing and bargain collectively, but no one would be forced to pay dues to a union in order to keep their job.

“Early unions fought for better pay, safer working conditions and shorter work hours—protections now mostly granted by federal and state law. Unfortunately, today’s unions have become a force for higher spending and taxes. Freedom in the workplace would ensure that unions are not able to skim dues from workers who do not support their big-government agenda.

“Michigan has a long tradition of collective bargaining and right to work in no way affects that. The basic issue here is freedom—no worker should be fired for choosing not to pay dues to a union.”

The move for right-to-work legislation in Michigan follows on the heels of voter rejection of a statewide ballot measure pushed by organized labor that would have enshrined collective bargaining in the state constitution, allowing union contracts to supersede state law.

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