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Snyder: Right-to-work is "on the agenda"

10:29 PM, Dec 4, 2012   |    comments
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder / Detroit Free Press file photo
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LANSING, Mich. (WZZM) -- Right-to-work is now "on the agenda" at the state Capitol, but no decision has been made on whether to pass such a law, Gov. Rick Snyder said today.

Snyder's remarks signal a marked departure from his previous stance. For months, the governor said such a law was not on his agenda.

Snyder made the comments after a lengthy meeting in his Capitol office with the Legislature's GOP leaders, House Speaker Jase Bolger and Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville.

Snyder said talks will continue and no decisions have been made.

He did say that there is a view that unions must put something on the table if right-to-work is not to proceed, after having gone ahead with a collective bargaining ballot proposal against his urging in last month's election.

"There's been discussions with people in labor," he said.

However, "this isn't just a trade-off or bargaining, per se," he said. "This is about doing what's right for the citizens of Michigan."

Since last week, anticipation has been high at the Capitol that a right-to-work bill was about to be introduced.

Today, Union Conservatives and the Michigan arm of Americans for Prosperity held a lobby day at the Capitol, drawing hundreds of supporters of right-to-work legislation from around the state.

Shortly before 4 p.m., UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada and American Federation of Teachers Michigan President David Hecker left the Capitol.

"We're involved in talks," Hecker said. "We're continuing to talk."

He declined further comment.

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce, which had been neutral, came out in favor of right-to-work legislation Monday.

Pressure to pass legislation was stepped up after Michigan voters on Nov. 6 rejected Proposal 2, which would have enshrined collective bargaining rights in the state constitution and barred such a law.

 

By Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press Lansing Bureau

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