Michigan unions rally for compulsory unionism

Hundreds of union members from across the state rallied at the Capitol Building Thursday against efforts to place a "Right to Work" referendum on the Michigan ballot.

"It's just a bad deal for the state," said Tim Waters, rapid response director for the United Steelworkers union. "It's a bad deal for the citizens."

Passage of a Right-to-Work law would mean membership in a union could not be a prerequisite for employment. Such a measure has gained support from the pro-worker Mackinac Center for Public Policy and the editorial pages of the Detroit News.

But union leaders have called it an effort to eliminate unions in Michigan, arguing that the labor movement played an essential role in building the state's middle class and that the state must continue to support mandatory union membership in order to sustain that middle class.


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