Politics
5:16 pm
Thu March 17, 2011

Union workers boo governor at Ford event

Governor Rick Snyder was greeted with boos at an event to celebrate the launch of the new Ford Focus today.

Workers at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant wore red T-shirts to show their solidarity with union workers whose collective bargaining rights are threatened.

Snyder says he wasn’t rattled by the reception.

"I respect people for having differing opinions, particularly when you’re talking about fundamental change."

Snyder appeared at the Ford event a day after signing legislation that would allow emergency financial managers to set aside union contracts in cash-strapped cities and school districts.

He told the workers Ford is a model for how the state should turn itself around.