Lansing, Michigan is aflame with the anger of union workers who object to how state officials have rammed “right-to-work” legislation through the state house. “Right-to-work” would end the requirement that workers join a union in their workplace if it is unionized. Union workers are especially incensed that the legislation was pushed through during a lame duck session without hearings or debate. The Detroit Free Press reports:
[State Rep. David Rutledge, (D-Ypsilanti)] and many other House Dems decried the manner in which the bills were introduced and passed with no committee hearings or public debate.
“For such a significant policy change that will have lasting repercussions to be taken up with no meaningful debate is absolutely shameful,” said state Rep. Woodrow Stanley, (D-Flint).
The legislation covers public and private unions, but there is a very odd exemption that carves out a special preference for unionized police and fire workers. The Detroit News tells us:
Governor Rick Snyder and Republican legislative leaders say they’ve exempted 6,000 police and 5,000 firefighter union members from having a choice whether to financially support their union because of special collective bargaining rights in state law and the constitution.