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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.

U.S. Rep. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Twp., disagreed during his appearance on Politics Nation with Rev. Al Sharpton on MSNBC Tuesday night.

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.

Mike St Louis December 13, 2012 at 12:36 PM
Schostack on CNN, Peters and Brown on MSNBC. What more do you need to know?
Melissa December 14, 2012 at 12:12 PM
What about the people who still have unemployment left and they are going to take it away even if they have some left on their teir after Dec 29 they are not going to be able to get the rest of there benefits.that is not right at least let them finish that I mean if they were given the money let them have what was given to them not just cut them off at the knees.

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