Michigan has become the 24th right-to-work state after Governor Rick Snyder on Tuesday signed a right-to-work bill. The law was rushed through the state legislature last Thursday. The law could be a death knell for union strength in the famously union-friendly state.
The law will outlaw requirements for workers to pay union fees as a condition of employment in unionized workplaces, according to Detroit News.
Unions from across the state, reportedly over 10,000, took to the Lansing State Capitol building to prostest the bill's passage, but to no avail.
Governor Rick Snyder (R) was previously cautious about right-to-work legislation, saying he'd rather focus on tax and regulatory reform, but signed the bill into law late Tuesday afternoon.
Repeal of the law is unlikely as state Republicans, commanding majorities across the state government, included an appropriation making it invulnerable a popular vote challenge.
Unions in Michigan attempted to amend the state constitution in a proposition bid in November. The amendment would've permanently established union powers in the state, but the ensuing multimillion dollar campaign failed, and voters rejected the bid by 58 to 42 percent.
Via Reason and Detroit News.