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Your Guide to Right-to-Work Bills (And How Birmingham's Lawmakers Voted)

Legislation passed last week in the Michigan House and Senate could reach Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature Tuesday.

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.

Looking for a primer on the bills and what they really mean? Read on for a description of each bill and to find out how lawmakers representing Birmingham 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. Chuck Moss (R-Birmingham), representing Michigan's 40th District, including Birmingham: Voted yes

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. John Pappageorge (R-Troy), representing the 13th District, including Birmingham: 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. Chuck Moss (R-Birmingham), representing Michigan's 40th District, including Birmingham: Voted yes
  • Sen. John Pappageorge (R-Troy), representing the 13th District, including Birmingham: 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.

For more

  • Gov. Rick Snyder Wants Right-to-Work Legislation
  • What Do You Think About Right-to-Work Legislation?
  • BLOG: A Sad Day for the State of Michigan
Racer Boy December 11, 2012 at 02:15 PM
If the Union membership feels the Unions add value what's the problem? Workers should have the freedom to choose, simple as that. Keep in mind, these Union folks are the same thugs that tried to revoke the right of secret ballot from their own people.
JZack December 11, 2012 at 06:17 PM
It is clear that our lawmakers do a fine job of voting to support the Republican party. it is unfortunate that these gentlemen do a such a poor job representing their constituents.
Racer Boy December 11, 2012 at 09:16 PM
JZack- What are you thinking? Almost 60% of Michigan voters clearly opposed the Union's collective bargaining referendum in November's election. In 1989 Union membership was 26% of the work force in Michigan. Left soley to their own leadership skills and actions, the Union has managed to reduced that number to 17.5% in 2011. I think our Legislature is doing EXACTLY what the majority of citizens elected them to do....improve the economic viability of our state and end the reign of the "thug/intimidation" mentality that has been employed by Union leadership.
JZack December 12, 2012 at 03:27 PM
First and most important, Mr. Moss and Mr. Pappageorge need to only represent the individuals and families in our district. Do you really think that this law was driven typical Michigan residents? It is clear that this pushed through a lame duck session by the Chamber of Commerce. Richard DeVos was the funder of all of the television ads. Do you think that maybe the actions that business has taken had anything to do with the reduction of membership - maybe ideas like off-shoring manufacturing? Union participation does protect the employees and members. In fact, Racer Boy, did you know that unions do negotiate on behalf of non-members. The non-union members only pay for the representation that they receive during these negotiations. They are not forced to join any union.

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