Democrats meet with Snyder on Right to Work

6:31 PM, Dec 10, 2012   |    comments
State Police block the entrance to the State Capitol in Lansing as protestors against Right To Work legislation wait to enter the building, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. (Courtesy: Mandi Wright/Detroit Free Press)
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DETROIT (AP/WZZM) -- Democratic members of Michigan's congressional delegation are calling on Republican Gov. Rick Snyder to veto right-to-work legislation or insist on a statewide referendum on the issue.

Sen. Carl Levin and House Democrats met Monday morning with Snyder in Detroit. Afterward, the lawmakers told reporters they warned the governor that allowing the legislation to become law would divide the state and severely damage what have been improving relations between labor and management.

Levin said Snyder agreed to "seriously consider" their requests.

Levin said:" This will be a hugely contentious issue for years to come if he (Snyder)does not step back from the brink."

Meantime, Republican congressman Bill Huizenga of Holland told WZZM 13 Monday he supports Right to Work.  "The problem is the pendulum has swung so far in my opinion that unions are really keeping a hold on the expansion of this economy and  we've got to return to some reasonableness to this."

The state House and Senate approved bills last week that would prohibit requiring non-union employees to financially support unions at their workplace.

Supporters say doing so would bring more jobs to Michigan. But opponents say it's intended to weaken unions.

The legislature could take final action when it reconvenes Tuesday.


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