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2011 House Bill 4054: Make Michigan a "right-to-work" state
  1. Introduced by Rep. Marty Knollenberg (R) on January 13, 2011, to authorize the creation of county, city, township, village, or school district “right to work zones,” where, within the boundaries of the community, employers would be prohibited from compelling an employee or prospective employee to join or financially support a union as a condition of employment. The bill was later amended to include the entire state.
    • Referred to the House Commerce Committee on January 13, 2011.
    • Substitute offered by Rep. Mike Shirkey (R) on December 6, 2012. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on December 6, 2012.
  2. Passed 58 to 52 in the House on December 6, 2012, to prohibit employers from enforcing a union contract provision that compels employees to join or financially support a union as a condition of employment. The bill also includes a $1 million appropriation to make it "referendum-proof." All Democrats voted "no" and all Republicans voted "yes" except for Reps. Forlini, Goike, Horn, McBroom, Somerville and Zorn.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

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