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.

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Update:

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.

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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.

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Update:

Union supporters have responded to the bill’s passage by attacking Michigan legislators. Classy.

  • peteee363

    now if only that would happen in obama’s home state? good luck michigan workers, i see many opportunities heading your way!

    • conservativechick

      The Unions are not done there yet. Keep up the pressure and support of Right to Work, especially if you live in Michigan. Write and continue to call in support because Union members are doing the same against!

    • conservativechick

      The Unions are not done there yet. Keep up the pressure and support of Right to Work, especially if you live in Michigan. Write and continue to call in support because Union members are doing the same against!

    • http://pinterest.com/j0s1395/ Josephine (D)

      Is right to work an issue in Kenya?

  • EOD

    Just which neighboring State will Democrat State Senators FleeBag to?

    Wisconsin?… oh the irony.

    • peteee363

      might they flee to canada instead, they might need a boat to make it to wisconsin.

  • Finrod Felagund

    We’re taking back our country, one state at a time. Go Michigan!

    • journogal

      It’s not going to easy, but I believe it’s the only way we can hold onto our country. All of the necessary changes are going have to be done at state level.

  • http://twitter.com/yahneverknowCB yahneverknow

    Yay! Now I might move back.

  • Gallatin

    How is anything a state government does any of obowmao’s business?

    • DDay

      How was the Cambridge police arresting the nut harvard professor, or george zimmerman, etc. He’s an arrogant asshat.

    • TomJB

      About as much as a House of Representatives member from Minnesota has with the business of Michigan. i.e. none

    • Rodney Brungardt

      Obama relies on a ton of union cash to keep his political career going. No unions, no Obama!!

  • Gallatin

    How is anything a state government does any of obowmao’s business?

  • Maxwell

    Proud of my home state right now :)

  • Maxwell

    Proud of my home state right now :)

  • GoSellCrazySomeplaceElse

    On Michigan. The union mafias need to go. They’re vulgar, nasty and uneducated, reminds me of their brethren, the KKK. Unions, your days are numbered and Dems, so is your cash-cow.

    • jbgoldcanyon

      Unions are the new KKK..

      • lillymckim

        Agree with GoSellCrazy more like the Mafia, pay to work?

  • GoSellCrazySomeplaceElse

    On Michigan. The union mafias need to go. They’re vulgar, nasty and uneducated, reminds me of their brethren, the KKK. Unions, your days are numbered and Dems, so is your cash-cow.

  • jerry

    All 50states need to go “right to work”. Union cry-babies will wail, but who really cares!! FREEDOM FROM UNION OPRESSION!!!

    • Teresa Davis McCormick

      I might not matter if all 50 do. Large companies might move to states who have “right to work”. I hope it works!!

  • Rick Stones

    Dear Michigan,
    Welcome to the family. Great to have you with us!

  • http://pinterest.com/j0s1395/ Josephine (D)

    Well, my Mom’s family is in Michigan, and they have Bronner’s….

  • Godzilla Smash14

    It passed the Senate! YES!!!

  • Jack Deth

    Waiting for a complete Media Black Out of this momentous event in 3… 2… 1

  • digitalPimple

    You should have the damn right to work were you want and choose if you want to pay to be part of any group. Anything other than that is simply Un-American.

  • Terry

    Congrats MI! Part of MI shares northern WI border. Now Gov Walker has a reason to support changing WI to Right To Work as well! (so private employers don’t move to the other side of the state line) Public sector, non-police/fire, got Right to Work with Act 10, which prompted the recall. He survived it and they won’t do it again. Time to make the whole state of WI Right to Work.

  • Teresa Davis McCormick

    So happy to read about this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/victor.kahuro Victor Kahuro

    This is how a good fight starts. The GOP is actually attacking the liberal left ideology of laziness. And this time liberty won decisively.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rafael.penariosribero Rafael Eduardo Peña-Rios Riber

    but of course, once jobs begin to rise in MI the media and libs will say its thank to Obama

    • BeeKaaay

      The MSM will be so predictable.

  • Jeffrey Olah

    how many UAW workers will choose not to be in the union now

  • detroit19

    Yay Michigan!

  • Rob James

    Get ready for a slow unwinding of pay,benefits and workers rights.Many of you cheer leading for this right to work law will change your tune down the road.

    Wrapping this so called right to work law as liberty and freedom is putting lip stick on a pig.

    • Shawn Smith

      I think that involuntary political contributions are despicable. I’m also going to miss Hostess and I’d rather not see anyone else go their way. That’s why I’m backing this.

    • NachoCheese (D)

      Yeah, because nothing says “liberty and freedom” like being forced to join an organization.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Jliketheletter Jason Krueger

      This is not the 1900’s we as a society have no more need for massive Unions. Unions had there place and have helped us move to better wages. However, Unions no longer try to do what is best for the employee but what is best for the Union. This is not always the case with the smaller Unions but the larger ones are big businesses themselves. The fact that the Union workers don’t see it shows how blind many of them are.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lisa.dean.564 Lisa Dean

      Get a clue you ninny! Everything you’re saying is going to disappear is covered by the Dept of Labor. It’s against the law for any of that to happen. Also, for those of us who live in RTW states not one of your predictions have happened. Go put your lipstick on

    • BeeKaaay

      What does this have to do with the 85% of workers who are not in unions and don’t get the cadillac plans and outlandish wages unions get? They get richer and everyone else gets poorer. Stop supporting the rich and start supporting the regular worker.

  • Chance Boudreaux

    Real Power to the people!

  • David maley

    Dem’s hate when their union funding is cut. Union dues will drop by at least 10%

    • http://www.facebook.com/sherri.seiber Sherri Seiber

      I hope they drop by a whole lot more than that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marcy-Cook/1001619613 Marcy Cook

    Maybe if the unions would use the dues they STEAL from their workers to actually help the workers people would support them. If they stayed out of politics and worked for their members we wouldn’t be seeing this.

  • Cold War Grunt

    So lets break this down … POTUS Obama believes that workers that aren’t in a union don’t get paid well — talk to the good men and women that work in the US-based Toyota, Mitsubishi and Subaru factories.

    What he meant to say was, “I showed those non-union Delphi retirees/employees that only Union people are entitled to benefits or jobs. If you don’t belong to a Union that supports my progressive agenda, you don’t deserve a job.”

  • Paul C.

    Unions are hurting this country in every way. Time to rebel against them.

  • $23629333

    I thought Michigan was/is a blue state?

    Imagine the irony if this supposedly blue state were to become a right-to-work state, and – as such – entice employers to transfer there from Barack Obama’s own blue state, Illinois.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeBeq0i03bg Booker

    I love State government. We will fight the leftists at the grassroots. That’s how you topple a giant.

  • Kevin Krom

    So… unions are so good for their workers that they need to coerce dues from them in order to survive? If unions were such a great thing, you’d think prospective members would voluntarily pay up.

  • Kevin Krom

    So… unions are so good for their workers that they need to coerce dues from them in order to survive? If unions were such a great thing, you’d think prospective members would voluntarily pay up.

  • Citizen0000

    I am tying a blue ribbon on my car antenna to signify this small win against cancer

  • Citizen0000

    I am tying a blue ribbon on my car antenna to signify this small win against cancer

  • Rodney Brungardt

    Unions are a thing of the past. The only thing they do now is suck the life out of companies and leave the workers high and dry. Been there, done that, will NEVER work at a union company again!!

  • G.

    You know, when I was a youth in NY state seeking employment, I soon discovered that I either had to have a dues paying “brother” recommend me for a job that was unionized or I had to pay someone for what was simply a chance to get a job. Wow…and they call that American freedom of opportunity…what azzholes. Giving part of my earnings each paycheck to enrich the already rich while they simply sat back and took my money….good idea, eh?????

  • lillymckim

    Maybe manufacturing will now RETURN to Michigan since they won’t be forced with the burden of the Big Union’s promise of Golden Cadillac Benefits and Golden Pension Plans that gutted their state the plans they can’t fund!

    Just say No to more Obama GM bailouts so Obama can sell it to the Union!

  • http://www.facebook.com/James.E.Earl Earl James

    Its a sad day when citizens actually are happy to start down the road to becoming a third world country…. A sad day indeed

  • BeeKaaay

    Leftwingwackos hate the idea of people having the right to work. They want people unemployed and dependent on government. Leftwingwackoism is pro-slavery.