As Twitchy reported earlier, the Michigan state legislature is debating a proposed right-to-work bill. Proponents of the bill just grew one step closer to seeing their goal realized, as the state House has just passed it, 58 to 52.
If the bill is passed by the Michigan Senate, union members will no longer be forced to pay dues.
Not quite yet, but with any luck, Michigan will soon become our 24th right-to-work state!
Twitchy will continue to monitor this story and update with further developments.
Michigan House Democrats are not pleased with the proceedings:
Rep. Keith Ellison, who characterized Mitt Romney as a “heartless douchebag,” is disgusted that Michigan citizens might have the right to work inflicted upon them.
And, right on cue, union protesters are doing what they do best:
Let’s hope the Senate will stand up for what’s right and show these thugs that their intimidation tactics won’t work.
Surprise! The thug in chief has condemned the proposed legislation:
The White House released the following statement:
President Obama has long opposed so-called “right to work” laws and he continues to oppose them now. The president believes our economy is stronger when workers get good wages and good benefits, and he opposes attempts to roll back their rights. Michigan — and its workers’ role in the revival of the U.S. automobile industry — is a prime example of how unions have helped build a strong middle class and a strong American economy.
Of course he doesn’t like it. Giving workers the freedom to refrain from paying union dues means he takes a hit in fundraising. Poor guy.
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It seems that Sen. Bert Johnson is reading from Wikipedia to delay a vote in the Senate.
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After an hour or so of Wikipedia recitation, the Senate has voted to pass the bill 22 to 16.
Union supporters have responded to the bill’s passage by attacking Michigan legislators. Classy.