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Your Guide to Right-to-Work Bills (And How Your Local Lawmakers Voted)

Legislation passed last week in the Michigan House and Senate could reach Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature by Tuesday. Leave a comment or upload a photo if you participate in related demonstrations!

Demonstrators took to the Capitol steps Monday in Lansing to sound off on right-to-work legislation that is poised to become law after Gov. Rick Snyder did an abrupt about-face on the issue last week and a series of related bills passed in the House and Senate.

Larger protests are expected Tuesday when the legislation could reach Snyder's desk for his signature. Patch will be live-blogging from Lansing as the situation develops.

[Are you participating in the demonstrations? Leave a comment, upload a photo or e-mail West Bloomfield Patch editor Tim Rath!]

Read on for a description of each bill and to find out how lawmakers who represent the Greater West Bloomfield area voted.

House Bill 4054

The legislation that would make Michigan a "right-to-work" state was passed 58 to 52 in the House on Dec. 6, according to michiganvotes.org. The bill would prohibit unions from requiring workers to pay dues as a term of employment. It also includes a $1 million appropriation to make it "referendum-proof," michiganvotes.org reports. (Visit legislature.mi.gov to download the full bill.)

  • Rep. Lisa Brown, D-West Bloomfield, representing the 39th District including Commerce Township, West Bloomfield and Wolverine Lake: Voted no

Senate Bill 116

The legislation that would make Michigan a "right-to-work" state was passed 22 to 16 in the Senate on Dec. 6, according to michiganvotes.org. The bill would prohibit unions from requiring workers to pay dues as a term of employment. It also includes a $1 million appropriation to make it "referendum-proof," michiganvotes.org reports. (Visit legislature.mi.gov to download the full bill.)

  • Sen. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, representing the 15th District including West Bloomfield and Orchard Lake: Voted yes
  • Sen. Jim Marleau, R-Lake Orion, representing the 12th District including Sylvan Lake and Keego Harbor: Voted yes

House Bill 4003

The legislation that would extend right-to-work regulations to government and school employees passed 22 to 4 in the Senate on Dec. 6. It passed 63 to 46 in the House on June 8, 2011, according to michiganvotes.org. (Visit legislature.mi.gov to download the full bill.)

  • Rep. Lisa Brown, D-West Bloomfield, representing the 39th District including Commerce Township, West Bloomfield and Wolverine Lake: Voted no
  • Sen. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, representing the 15th District including West Bloomfield and Orchard Lake: Voted yes
  • Sen. Jim Marleau, R-Lake Orion, representing the 12th District including Sylvan Lake and Keego Harbor: Voted yes

Senate Democrats, who walked out of the Capitol on Thursday in a show of protest after all 21 of their proposed amendments to the bill were defeated, did not vote on the legislation, said Sen. Vincent Gregory, D-Southfield.

"None of the right-to-work bills ever went to committee for all sides to weigh in on," he said, adding that lawmakers did not get to read the bill before being asked vote on it. "It was just rammed through without any discussion."

EDC December 11, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Did anyone EVER think that Snyder wouldn't do an "about-face"??? It was always in the background especially since the big money was able to defeat the proposals at the ballot on November 6th. Every voter in Michigan who allowed this travesty to happen should be ashamed of themselves. Now parts of this bill also have clauses in them to make them referendum-proof. Thank you (NOT) to Republicans for realizing that if you word things "just so" you can effectively strip people of the democratic process. Anyone who thinks that a GOP federal government (if Mittens had been elected) wouldn't have done the EXACT same to the entire country is living in a fantasty world. Snyder will be "one unemployed nerd" come 2014.

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