December 11, 2012

Stand in support of Michigan's unions

Source: NYSUT Communications

If it could happen in Michigan, it could happen anywhere.

That nightmare scenario is galvanizing union members across the country to rise up against a Michigan bill that decimates union rights in a state that is bedrock to the labor movement.

Add your voice to the protest by signing this online petition supported by NYSUT and AFT.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and fellow Republicans are backing controversial "right-to-work-for-less" legislation at the behest of corporate donors who see it as a way to weaken unions in this stronghold of the American auto workers.

President Obama denounced the bill, calling it "the right to work for less." A White House spokesman said: "The president believes our economy is stronger when workers get good wages and good benefits, and he opposes attempts to roll back their rights. Michigan - and its workers' role in the revival of the US automobile industry - is a prime example of how unions have helped build a strong middle class and a strong American economy."

AFT notes that so-called "right-to-work" laws drive down wages for all workers by an average of $1,500 a year-whether they are in a union or not.