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Rolando denounces MI ‘right to work’ law

NALC President Fredric Rolando has denounced the passage of so-called "right to work" legislation in Michigan.

"This week's sneaky, lame-duck passage of a right-to-work (for less) law in Michigan is disgraceful," Rolando said, "and Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, as well as anti-labor legislators in the state's House and Senate—many of whom were voted out of office in November—should be ashamed of this bald-faced kowtow to the Koch Brothers and other special interest groups."

Rolando noted that Michigan is home to one of the strongest unions in the world, the United Auto Workers.

"Sadly, the state has become the 24th in America to adopt legislation that not only assaults workers' fundamental right to bargain collectively for their pay, benefits and working conditions, it also gives a free ride to those who don't join a union but still reap the benefits of such negotiations," he said. "This 11th-hour flip-flop by Snyder and Michigan's legislature is nothing short of an attack on the middle-class, and to wage it in the final days of the legislative year, without so much as a debate, is an affront to the basic democratic freedoms that Michiganders—and, indeed, all Americans—hold dear."