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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"


Re: 2011 House Bill 4054 (Authorize local right to work zones )  by shhboomer on December 10, 2012 

 When my Aunt received "Home Help" from the state for being mentally diabled, the  state check always deducted a $10.00 Union Due.   It never said which Union it was.  For all the the years she had received that check monthly to pay her caregiver, I wonder what slush fund it went into.......

Re: 2011 House Bill 4054 (Authorize local right to work zones )  by stopprintn on December 9, 2012 

 I know one sure way to distroy a perfectly viable busines, and that is to unionize it. Union benefits are not sustainable, the more that retire the fewer workers there are to suport the previous generation. And public unions eventualy run up defisits. So we should look at this bill as, oh, lets just say a form of " Sustainable Development " (sarc)

Re: 2011 House Bill 4054 (Authorize local right to work zones )  by MikeCPA on December 8, 2012 
Not one Democrat voted for free choice in employment, HB 4054, known as "Right to Work."

Not one, because they got their marching orders from the high command and they followed them, goose-stepping all the way. The unions provide them with immense power and money, and thuggery when necessary. It's an offer they cannot refuse. It's Chicago style politics.

Don't forget that Sander Levin, Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow have had long and profitable political careers working for special interests like unions, who command a lot of political clout despite a membership that is a small minority of Michigan's workforce. Sander, Carl and Debbie are not free market advocates. If getting reelected requires screwing 90% of Michigan to get special favors for their friends like unions, they will do it every time while they throw you and me under the bus.

Right to Work is a jobs and economic recovery bill, and they voted against it!

With friends like this, we don't need enemies!

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