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Governor Says It's Time To Talk About Right To Work


Right to work legislation would limit a unions ability to collect fees from non-union workers.

It's an issue that's been coming to a head and Tuesday Governor Snyder says it's time to have this debate.

GOP leaders expected a decision to come soon, but probably didn't expect this.

According to our media partners at MLIVE, Governor Snyder left a meeting Tuesday with lobbyists saying right to work legislation is something worth talking about.

That's a big reversal for the governor, who has refused to touch the controversial issue for the last three years.

Union members say every member should pay union dues, saying adding right to work legislation will strip them of power and the ability to create a strike fund.

 Adding that would cost them any leverage in work stoppage. The issue has been so heated, state police were actually present at the capitol last week as a peaceful exchange unfolded between union demonstrators and lawmakers.

Progress Michigan released a statement in response to the governor's decision,

"We still hope the governor will do the right thing by standing up to the CEO bosses in his own party and pledging to veto a (right to work) bill...It's time for Lansing politicians to focus on creating good jobs and improving education, not on pushing laws that undermine collective bargaining rights."

The governor did not say whether he was in support of right to work legislation, but told reporters

it's people talking about what's right for the citizens of Michigan.


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