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Right to work (for less) violates the spirit of the season

12/04/12

Citizen lobbyists at the Michigan Capitol and closer to home ask legislators not to take up divisive law

In Lansing today, concerned constituents continued to speak to their elected officials about so-called Right to Work laws.  More than 100 people visited legislative offices or pulled their lawmakers off of the floor to explain their objections, just as they did on Thursday.

Right to Work for Less laws cost the average worker, union or nonunion, about $1,500 per year in wages.  That would be a terrible holiday surprise for Michigan’s middle class.

In their own communities over the weekend and on Monday, local activists raised awareness around about so-called Right to Work laws, by holding holiday-themed outdoor events.  Participants made phone calls to their state senators, urging them not to give corporate special interests the gift of RTW at the expense of working families.  They also signed Christmas cards asking legislators to commit to opposing RTW. 

Photos of these in-district activities are available on Facebook.

“As far as we are concerned, every day is a lobby day until legislators assure us that they will focus on less harmful issues,” said Mike Polkki, a mine worker from Ishpeming who visited the capitol today.  “Right to work would set all Michigan workers back in terms of wages, benefits and safety on the job.  Instead of attacking the middle class, our lawmakers should work to build it back up.”