Union supporters to gather in Lansing on December 11
Having gotten the go-ahead from Governor Snyder, Republicans in the Michigan House and Senate hurriedly passed so-called "right to work" bills on Thursday. The bills were introduced without committee hearings and little debate was permitted. At one point, State Police closed the Capitol to keep out the public. Democrat law-makers walked out in protest and filed suit to re-open the building.
The new legislation would allow workers to receive the benefits of a union-negotiated and union-enforced collective bargaining agreement without contributing to the support of the union. For this reason, unions typically refer to such measures as the "right to freeload."