Tuesday: Workplace Freedom Citizen Lobby Day
Michigan Grassroots Prepare to Engage on Right to Work; AFP-Michigan Sets Workplace Freedom Citizen Lobby Day for Tuesday
An excited buzz has begun to build for right to work, say grassroots organizers
LANSING, Mich.—Grassroots activists are excited to engage on the right to work issue, leaders with the Michigan chapter of Americans for Prosperity said today. Even as lawmakers discuss making Michigan the 24th right-to-work state, the group is gathering activists together for a Workplace Freedom Citizen Lobby day on Tuesday, December 4th.
“No worker should be forced to join and pay dues to a union in order to keep their job,” said Scott Hagerstrom, state director of Americans for Prosperity-Michigan. “Freedom is the issue at the core of this debate, and we want to ensure our state legislators understand this. Under right to work, Michigan workers would still be able to join unions of their choosing and bargain collectively.”
Citizens are being asked to visit with their state lawmakers between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on December 4th in support of giving workers the freedom to choose whether or not to join a union. AFP-Michigan will set up a tent in front of the Capitol and provide talking points and training to attendees. Spokespeople and activists will be available for media interviews.
“Giving workers the freedom to choose whether or not to join a union would have a lasting, positive impact on the future economic prosperity of our state,” Hagerstrom said. “It would truly be a historic victory that would give symbolic importance to fights for worker freedom across the country. 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.”
The buzz about right to work 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. Unions contend that despite the defeat of Proposal 2, there is still strong support for collective bargaining.
“Michigan has a long tradition of collective bargaining and right to work in no way affects that,” Hagerstrom concluded. “The basic issue here is freedom—no worker should be fired for choosing not to pay dues to a union.”