Hoyer Statement on Michigan Legislation That Weakens Unions

For Immediate Release:

December 11, 2012

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Katie Grant, 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after the Michigan Legislature approved so-called "right to work" legislation:

“I am deeply disappointed that Republican legislators in Michigan today passed two so-called ‘right-to-work’ bills that erode the hard-won right of unions to organize workers for better wages and conditions.  President Obama was right yesterday when he characterized this move as having nothing to do with economics and everything to do with politics.  These bills represent the type of class warfare that puts profits before the needs of hard-working Americans; they will not grow our middle class or help families who have struggled throughout the economic downturn.  By weakening the bargaining strength of labor unions, these bills undermine the relationships forged over many years in Michigan between labor and management, and in the past Governor Rick Snyder has called ‘right-to-work’ legislation divisive and inappropriate.  I urge him to reconsider his stated intention to sign these bills into law.”  

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