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Unions spend the weekend working to stop 'right-to-work' bills

Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

Opponents of so called "right-to-work" legislation labored over the weekend to attack what they see as an assault on unions.

We Are Michigan, a coalition of unions and related groups, held a news conference Sunday featuring small business owners who oppose the right-to-work legislation expected to pass the Michigan legislature this week.

Unions complain the legislation would weaken organized labor in Michigan.

Chris Jordan runs an insurance company and is a union member.    He says right-to-work laws will hurt small businesses and Michigan’s middle class.

“In taking away that ability for people to earn more money….it just kind of hurts the middle class,” says Jordan, ‘Michigan needs to continue to strengthen local economics…not find new ways to drive the middle class into a ditch.”

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce supports the right-to-work legislation, insisting it gives workers more choice and should help attract new business to Michigan.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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