Right To Work
The organized labor movement has been in the forefront of the State of Michigan politics and policies since Untied Auto Workers Union inception in 1935. Organized labor has also contributed to many of the labor policies common in the US and the rest of the world. The 40 hour work week, employer sponsored health care insurance, paid vacations, employer-paid and jointly administered pension plans as well as health and safety & racial & gender equality regulations all originated from collective bargaining from organized labor.On Dec. 11th 2012 the republican controlled Michigan legislature completed passage of two controversial right-to-work bills. Despite having stated that passage of right to work legislation was not part of his agenda, Gov. Rick Snyder using 11th hour tactics and a lame duck congress, signed them into law the same day. The law has a provision written into it that prevents it's repeal.Tens of thousands of union workers and their supporters stormed the State Capitol on Tuesday to show their support in opposition to right to work laws.