West Bloomfield Voices Reach the Nation Over Right To Work
Republicans and Democrats alike speak out while national focus turned to Michigan's right-to-work battle.
The nation watched the events unfolding Tuesday in Lansing with regard to Michigan's right-to-work laws with great interest, and if they paid attention, they heard several voices from Bloomfield on both sides of the issue.k
"If the unions have a value proposition for their members, unions will prosper in Michigan, and if they don't, they're going to have to find a new way to be effective. That's very simply what this is about," said GOP Michigan Chairman Bobby Schostak on CNN Tuesday afternoon.
During the five-minute segment from the Capitol lawn, the Bloomfield Hills resident said he believed the new law would improve Michigan's economy.
He called on Snyder to veto the "divisive, anti-worker legislation" earlier in the day, and took the governor to task on prior statements that right-to-work was not a priority.
“After spending years telling us that ‘right to work for less’ legislation was off the table, Governor Snyder has created an embarrassing national spectacle by doing a full flip flop on this issue,” he said.
State Rep. Lisa Brown (D-West Bloomfield) also appeared on the broadcast.
State Sen. John Pappageorge, R-Troy, who supported the legislation, focused his message on a single question: "Should it be illegal to pay a third party to keep your job? My answer is yes and that's why I voted the way I did."
Patch local editor Leslie Ellis contributed to this report.