Lobbyists descend on Lansing in anticipation of right-to-work bill

Dec 4, 2012

Activists on both sides of the issue are lobbying Lansing lawmakers over a so-called “right-to-work” bill that could be introduced in the lame duck session.

Tea party activists and union supporters crowded into the halls of the Capitol Tuesday as Republican leaders held talks on whether to take up legislation that would end the closed shop and allow workers to opt out of paying union dues.

Governor Rick Snyder says the issue is not on his agenda – but won’t say what he would do if a bill reaches his desk.

No one has yet formally introduced a bill. Republican State Representative Mike Shirkey said he’d like to.

“We’re going to let the legislative process run its course, and I’m optimistic. You’re not going to get anything more than that from me, sir,” Shirkey said.

Republicans also asked unions and Democrats what they are willing to give up to avoid the prospect of Michigan becoming the 24th right-to-work state.