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December 11, 2012
Obama Speaks Out Against “Right-To-Work” in Michigan

President Barack Obama was in Detroit Michigan on Monday to speak at the Daimler Detroit Diesel plant.  During that visit he spoke out personally for the first time against proposed right-to-work legislation in Michigan.  “You know, these so-called right-to-work laws, they don’t have to do with economics,” Obama said. “They have everything to do with politics. What they’re really talking about is giving you the right to work for less money.” The president was in Detroit to announce that Daimler is making a new $100 million investment in the Detroit Diesel Plant.  

Unfortunately for labor unions Obama’s words had no effect on Michigan lawmakers who passed two right-to-work bills in the House on Tuesday. Governor Rick Snyder (R) is expected to sign them into law as early as Wednesday after an abrupt about-face on the issue of right-to-work last week.  If that were to happen Michigan would be the 24th state to enact right-to-work laws.

Democrats were dismayed at the speed with which these bills were passed. They say the move was politically motivated in view of the fact that Michigan Republicans lost five House seats in the November election.