right-to-work legislation

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan State Police spent an extra $900,000 on overtime and other expenses to have a large presence at the Capitol during demonstrations against a right-to-work law in December. 

A state spokeswoman says nearly $803,000 was spent on overtime. Another $98,000 went toward travel, lodging and other expenses.

Detroit Free Press

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Labor union members and supporters gathered outside the Michigan Capitol to protest the passage of right-to-work legislation as Republican Governor Rick Snyder delivered his State of the State address. 

Several hundred protesters were circling the Capitol on Wednesday night, and their chants and drum beats could be heard inside the noisy state House chamber where Snyder was preparing to speak.

Snyder signed right-to-work measures that cleared the Republican-controlled Legislature in December.


MARQUETTE, MI--   Eight people who were arrested for trespassing at Governor Rick Snyder’s Northern Michigan office were sentenced Monday.  

Last Wednesday ten people entered the Marquette office and refused to leave when it closed at 5 p.m.  Two people left when threatened with arrest.  State Police took the remaining eight into custody.  They were cited with trespassing and released on their own recognizance.

Each person was ordered to pay $375 in fines and costs. 

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A dispute has arisen over whether a new right-to-work law covers the majority of Michigan's civil service employees who are union members. 

Republican Governor Rick Snyder signed two bitterly contested bills into law Tuesday that prohibit requiring nonunion workers to pay union fees. One deals with private-sector workers and the other with government workers.

Governor Snyder signs right-to-work law

Dec 12, 2012

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Rick Snyder has signed historic legislation that will make Michigan a right-to-work state starting early next year. The governor signed the legislation just hours after it was sent to him by the state House.  Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta reports: 

LANSING, MI--   Governor Rick Snyder has signed the law that will make Michigan the nation's 24th so-called "right-to-work" state.  

The state House passed two right-to-work bills this afternoon, amid protests in and around the Capitol.

Michigan Public Radio and Public Radio 90 will have the details right here on wnmufm.org.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Police officers from across the state are in Lansing preparing for protests as lawmakers get ready to vote on so-called “right-to-work” bills.  Michigan Public Radio’s Jake Neher has more: 

Dozens of State Police have gathered in a hallway in the Capitol’s lower level, cordoned off by blue curtains. This is their base of operations in the building this week as hundreds – maybe thousands -- of protesters are expected to fill the upper levels.   

In one closet, police have stashed helmets and other riot gear.

REDFORD, MI (AP)--   President Barack Obama says right-to-work legislation in Michigan is more about politics than economics. He is criticizing a measure that would prevent requiring non-union employees to financially support unions at their workplace. 

Obama received loud applause at a Michigan engine plant when he said the state shouldn't be "taking away your rights to bargain for better wages and working conditions."  The President says that the right-to-work bills are more about "giving you the right to work for less money."

ROMULUS, MI (AP)--   Michigan Governor Rick Snyder plans to greet President Barack Obama at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. 

Obama is visiting Michigan on Monday afternoon for an event at the Daimler Detroit Diesel plant in Wayne County's Redford Township.

The governor's office says Snyder plans to greet Obama on the tarmac at the airport in Romulus.

LANSING, MI (DETROIT FREE PRESS)--   The state House passed the first right-to-work bill late Thursday afternoon in a 58-52 vote, but the bill can’t move on to the Senate until the next session day — possibly Friday, if a session is scheduled — because of a procedural move by Democrats who are asking that the vote be reconsidered. 

The bill — House Bill 4054 — is one of three separate right-to-work bills now in the Legislature that will eventually be consolidated into two bills. The Senate was debating its own version Thursday evening.