President Barack Obama waded into a major labor dispute Monday, during a speech announcing a $120 million dollar deal for Michigan truck plant. The issue: Michigan Republicans are set to pass a right-to-work law during the state's lame-duck session. Local unions dislike that.
Right-to-work would bar unions from forcing workers to join a union, or force dues, as a condition of employment. Proponents of say the law makes states competitive and allows for free association while lowering the cost of living. Opposition to right-to-work claim it harms both unions and worker rights by creating a free-rider problem and lowers wages.
President Obama sided with the unions, decrying the legislation as an attempt to take away worker rights "to bargain for better wages and working conditions."
"What they are really talking about is giving you the right to work for less money," he said.
Governor Rick Snyder downplayed the possibility of right-to-work legislation prior to the 2012 election, but said last week he'd sign a bill if it were put on his desk. The law could pass as soon as Tuesday. If it does, then Michigan will be the 24th right-to-work state.Via the Washington Examiner and the Washington Post.