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Right to Work Enacted Without Public Input during Lame Duck Session

The legislative process was sidestepped from start to finish in the process of enacting Right to Work legislation. Instead of receiving a committee hearing or public input on the bills, the Republican majority took the bills straight to lame duck session. This complex and highly controversial issue was rushed through the House and Senate without enough time for legislators to even so much as read the content of the bills. Countless protestors and members of the media were unconstitutionally locked out of the Capitol building and ignored throughout the process. Knowing the repulsive nature of the legislation, the Republican majority inserted a financial appropriation, making the bills referendum-proof. Whether you support Right to Work or not, it's clear that there is a need for thorough and informed review, healthy debate and public discourse in our political process, and sadly, Right to Work was passed without any of it.

Why Right to Work is Wrong for Michigan

  • In 2010, of the 10 states with lowest per capita income, 7 were Right to Work states.
  • In 2010, only 1 of 10 states with highest per capita income was a Right to Work state.
  • Only 3 of the 10 fastest growing states are Right to Work states.
  • In 2011, among the 10 states with the most uninsured residents, 6 were Right to Work states.
  • In 2009, the GDP per capita for the 28 worker-friendly states collectively was $43,899 that year, while the GDP per capita for the 22 RTW states collectively was $38,755.
  • 11 of the 15 states with the highest poverty rates are RTW, while 9 of the 11 states with the lowest poverty rates are worker-friendly.
  • 11 of the 13 states with the lowest uninsured rates are worker-friendly states, while 11 of the 15 states with the highest uninsured rates are RTW states.
  • In 2012, among full-time wage and salary workers, union members had median usual weekly earnings of $943, while those who were not union members had median weekly earnings of $742.
  • In 2009, 92% of union employees in the U.S. had access to health care benefits, compared to only 68% of non-union workers.
  • Union workers nationwide are 28.2% more likely to be covered by employer-provided health insurance.
  • In 2009, 77% of union employees were covered by pension plans that provide a guaranteed monthly retirement income. Only 20% of non-union workers are covered by guaranteed (defined-benefit) pensions 20%.

Current Lawsuits Against Right to Work

In violation of U.S. Constitution: the law supersedes the National Labor Relations Act, which is the law of the land.
AFL-CIO, Michigan Building Trades Council, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the Service Employees International Union.

Violations of the Open Meetings Act, the First Amendment, and the state constitution, in barring the doors to the Capitol.
ACLU of Michigan, Sen. Rebekah Warren, Bonnie Bucqueroux, an instructor at Michigan State University School of Journalism, Steve Cook and Rick Trainor, Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Brandon Dillon, the Michigan Education Association (MEA), Michigan State AFL-CIO, Michigan Building & Construction Trades Council, and Change to Win.