Michigan becomes the 24th Right-to-Work state - Dec 12th, 2012 - State

Right-to-Work legislation is now law in Michigan, dealing a devastating defeat to organized labor in our state. Gov. Rick Snyder signed the legislation Tuesday, hours after the state House passed the measures. The chants of thousands of angry pro-union protesters filled the Capitol. The laws prohibit unions from requiring mandatory fees from nonunion workers and give workers more choice and support economic growth. Opponents say the real intent is to weaken organized labor by encouraging workers to "freeload" by withholding money unions need to bargain effectively with management. Critics call the legislation an assault on organized labor and were frustrated that there was no public hearing.