President Barack Obama spoke at a Daimler Detroit Diesel plant on Monday to discuss his stance against the proposed "right-to-work" laws in Michigan. Obama said that Republicans have been supporting the laws not for the economy, but simply just to oppose Democrats.
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"What we shouldn't be doing is trying to take away your rights to bargain for better wages and working conditions," Obama said at the auto plant this week. "We shouldn't be doing that."
The auto industry in Michigan was a heavily debated topic this past election as many didn't support Obama's bailout of the auto industry feeling he should have just let companies fold to create a better economy. Now the big topic of debate is the stance union members and others have opposing Michigan becoming a right-to-work state.
Major protests broke out in the state capital Lansing earlier this week according to Reuters and more are expected throughout the week according to Reuters. Thousands have already lined up on Dec. 11 to rally around when state legislature continues.
It's a well known fact that republicans hold control of the legislature and Republican Governor Rick Synder has already stated he is committed to sign the laws to make Michigan a "right-to-work" state. They would become the 24th "right-to-work" state and could do so as early as this week.
"These so-called right-to-work laws, they don't have to do with economics, they have everything to do with politics," Obama said at the event. "What they're really talking about is giving you the right to work for less money."
Unions may not have enough support to stop Michigan Republicans from making the laws final this week according to Reuters. Michigan representatives started pushing for the legislature last week in order to make union membership and dues voluntary in the private sector.