Presidentbacked labor unions on Monday saying that the measure proposed by the Republican Party is a blow to organized work and is largely motivated by politics rather than economics.
GOP lawmakers are gearing up to vote on Tuesday in favor of the legislation making Michigan a ‘right to work’ state opposing union power and barring rules that make union membership a condition of employment. However, President Obama and several other Democrats ran counteroffensive efforts in hopes of stopping Michigan’s House and Senate Republicans from approving the proposed law.
While addressing workers at the Daimler Detroit Diesel plant in Redford Michigan, the President said, "What we shouldn't be doing is trying to take away your rights to bargain for better wages and working conditions. We shouldn't be doing that."
"These so-called right-to-work laws, they don't have to do with economics, they have everything to do with politics," Obama said. "What they're really talking about is giving you the right to work for less money."
A group of lawmakers met Michigan Gov. Rick Synders on Monday to convince him on vetoing the legislation or at least delaying it so a ballot initiative could be provided to the people of Michigan to vote in favor o against the law.
Republicans, however, maintain commanding majorities on the issue and even Gov. Snyder, who had earlier said that the matter was not in his agenda, has made it clear that if the legislation reaches his desk, he wouldn’t give it a second thought before signing it. Michigan Governors have long fought the battle to curb labor rights in the state, but in the last two years the fight has intensified.
Governors of Wisconsin and Ohio have also pushed the legislation a number of times, but so far their efforts have been fruitless. However, Michigan Republicans now see the success moving their way oven an issue that has long been highlighted in the conservative books.
Union members and several others who oppose the law making Michigan a ‘right to work’ state are planning protests in the state’s capital, Lansing. Thousands are expected to show up on Tuesday, when the state legislation reconvenes.
Despite all efforts, Democrats are now less optimistic that Synders will reverse the course of his decision and once the law is passed there will be little opportunity if any to challenge it in immediate future.