(Image source: The Detroit News)

 

 

BY ZACH TOOMBS

 

 

A strong embrace for unions from the president Monday, as Barack Obama waded into a heated debate over “right-to-work” legislation in Michigan — while on a visit to an auto plant in Detroit.

 

OBAMA: “What we shouldn’t be doing is trying to take away your rights to bargain for better wages and working conditions.” [Video: WJBK]

 

The president originally intended to talk just about the “fiscal cliff” — but these comments got the most attention.

 

OBAMA: “These so called ‘right to work’ laws — they don’t have to do with economics. They have everything to do with politics.”

 

Last week, Republicans in the state Senate put forward a package of bills that would limit union funding — banning required payment to unions as a condition of employment. That led to massive protests at the capitol Thursday — with more planned for Tuesday, when the final vote is scheduled to take place. [Video: WZZM]

 

But some critics of the legislation believe Republican Gov. Rick Snyder could be swayed not to sign off on it. He hopped in to support the bill package just last week under major pressure from his party after saying for two years that “right to work” legislation was too divisive to take up.

 

In a Washington Post opinion piece Monday, Greg Sargent wrote:


“...word is that Governor Snyder prides himself on being a pragmatic problem solving type, rather than an ideologue. So it can’t hurt to have the President come into his state and tell the truth about these laws in such a high profile way...”

 

Obama was certainly in friendly territory Monday. The plant he visited received funding through his 2009 auto bailout.

 

And The Detroit News writes: “His first stop was on the piston stuffing area, where employees … were wearing [United Auto Workers] stickers reading: ‘The President Saved the Auto Industry. Don't Let Snyder Destroy It.’

 

Conservatives in support of the new legislation say required payment to unions deters business in Michigan — which has long been a stronghold for organized labor. If Michigan does become a “right-to-work” state this week, it will be the 24th state to do so.

Obama Champions Unions Amid Michigan 'Right to Work' Fight

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Dec 11, 2012

Obama Champions Unions Amid Michigan 'Right to Work' Fight

(Image source: The Detroit News)

 

 

BY ZACH TOOMBS

 

 

A strong embrace for unions from the president Monday, as Barack Obama waded into a heated debate over “right-to-work” legislation in Michigan — while on a visit to an auto plant in Detroit.

 

OBAMA: “What we shouldn’t be doing is trying to take away your rights to bargain for better wages and working conditions.” [Video: WJBK]

 

The president originally intended to talk just about the “fiscal cliff” — but these comments got the most attention.

 

OBAMA: “These so called ‘right to work’ laws — they don’t have to do with economics. They have everything to do with politics.”

 

Last week, Republicans in the state Senate put forward a package of bills that would limit union funding — banning required payment to unions as a condition of employment. That led to massive protests at the capitol Thursday — with more planned for Tuesday, when the final vote is scheduled to take place. [Video: WZZM]

 

But some critics of the legislation believe Republican Gov. Rick Snyder could be swayed not to sign off on it. He hopped in to support the bill package just last week under major pressure from his party after saying for two years that “right to work” legislation was too divisive to take up.

 

In a Washington Post opinion piece Monday, Greg Sargent wrote:


“...word is that Governor Snyder prides himself on being a pragmatic problem solving type, rather than an ideologue. So it can’t hurt to have the President come into his state and tell the truth about these laws in such a high profile way...”

 

Obama was certainly in friendly territory Monday. The plant he visited received funding through his 2009 auto bailout.

 

And The Detroit News writes: “His first stop was on the piston stuffing area, where employees … were wearing [United Auto Workers] stickers reading: ‘The President Saved the Auto Industry. Don't Let Snyder Destroy It.’

 

Conservatives in support of the new legislation say required payment to unions deters business in Michigan — which has long been a stronghold for organized labor. If Michigan does become a “right-to-work” state this week, it will be the 24th state to do so.

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