Labor — December 6, 2012

Michigan Senate approves Right to Work for Less bill, now heads back to House


It’s all over but the crying

It was a crazy day but the Republicans accomplished what they intended to do. They went from Governor Snyder and Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville equivocating on whether or not they wanted to take on the anti-union Right to Work for Less legislation to passing it out of both chambers with assurances from Snyder that he would sign it all in one day.

The vote was 22-16.

UPDATE: Apparently the two bills are different, though, after a quick look at them online, they seem identical to me. At any rate the Detroit Free Press reports that these are two parts of a three-bill set and each will need to vote on the others. The one the Senate voted on can’t go back to the House until tomorrow due to a procedural move by the Dems:

The state House passed the first right-to-work bill late this afternoon in a 58-52 vote, but that bill can’t move on to the Senate until the next session day — possibly Friday, if a session is scheduled — because of a procedural move by Democrats who are asking that the vote be reconsidered. {…}

The House and Senate bills are two of three separate right-to-work bills now in the Legislature that will eventually be consolidated into two bills. Both the House and Senate bills deal with private sector employees. The third bill deals with public sector employees, excluding police and firefighters.

Both Michigan Public Radio and the Detroit News are saying the Senate bill needs to wait 5 days before going to the House.

UPDATE 2: The Detroit Free Press seems to have it sorted out:

The quickest the Legislature can now pass the right-to-work bills through both chambers and send them on to Gov. Rick Snyder is five days from the next sitting, or session day, said Ari Adler, a spokesman for House Speaker Jase Bolger, R-Marshall. The next session day could be set for Friday, a day this weekend or Tuesday, Adler said. The five-day clock then starts after that.

The Senate also passed the bill that covers public employee unions.

Don’t forget to sign our petition to protest this outrage.

  • Ramona

    Well, no surprise there. One sad day, but they can’t take away that Lansing turnout. The world will know that once-proud Michigan wont RTW lying down. Solidarity.

    • Ramona

      won’t TAKE RTW lying down. See how upset I am?

  • TeacherPatti

    I’m sorry to be the turd in the punchbowl here, but we can sign all of the petitions we want, the whole state could march on Lansing, we can call & email until our hands fall off and it won’t change a thing. These greedy, soulless bastards have been bought & paid for by Dickie DeVos and the Koch brothers. Perhaps we could try going to another branch of government (the courts)? At any rate, history will look back on this day as the day Michigan (and the middle class) died.

    • DownriverDem

      Repubs run the courts too. Why is it those who do not join the union get union benefits? I say change it so they don’t get the benefits they don’t support.

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