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Your Guide to Right-to-Work Bills, Lawmakers' Votes in Chesterfield Township Area

Legislation passed last week in the Michigan House and Senate, reaching Gov. Rick Snyder Tuesday for approval. Leave a comment or upload a photo if you participated in related demonstrations.

Protesters took to Capitol steps Tuesday in Lansing to sound off on right-to-work legislation that became 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.

[Did you participate in the demonstrations? Leave a comment, upload a photo or email New Baltimore-Chesterfield Patch!]

Read on for a description of each bill and to find out how lawmakers who represent local citizens voted.

House Bill 4054

The legislation makes Michigan a "right-to-work" state and was passed 58 to 52 in the House on Dec. 6, according to michiganvotes.org. The bill prohibits 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. Andrea LaFontaine, a Republican whose district includes Chesterfield Township and New Baltimore: Voted yes
  • Rep. Anthony Forlini, R-Harrison Township, representing the 24th District: Voted no
  • Rep. Ken Goike, R-Ray Township, representing the 33rd District: Voted no

Senate Bill 116

The legislation that makes Michigan a "right-to-work" state was passed 22 to 16 in the Senate on Dec. 6, according to michiganvotes.org. The bill prohibits 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. Jack Brandenburg, R-Harrison Township, representing the 11th District: Voted yes

House Bill 4003

The legislation that extends 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. Andrea LaFontaine, a Republican whose district includes Chesterfield Township and New Baltimore: Voted yes (in 2012)
  • Rep. Ken Goike, R-Ray Township, representing the 33rd District: Voted yes (in 2011)
  • Rep. Anthony Forlini, R-Harrison Township, representing the 24th District: Voted yes (in 2011)
  • Sen. Jack Brandenburg, R-Harrison Township, representing the 11th District: Voted yes (in 2012)

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.

Keith Best December 12, 2012 at 01:40 PM
They're called "union thugs" for a reason. See it here: http://youtu.be/u_F3oev06i0
bill rahbine December 13, 2012 at 11:42 AM
right to work? actually is right to hire! .......lets not get it wrong. If you had a chance to work at a union company which = good pay, insurance, retirement, legal aid, vacation pay, holidays paid, you would balk at a union due? A union may be a pyramid scheme as it looks but they have made good by the worker, maybe to good causing people to spend beyond their means, Hence the real estate and mortgage failure. So the right to hire, i.e. Lets say I hire 12 18 year olds out of high school at minimum wage in my union shop as laborers $96/hr cost to me, when the 3 union laborers have a cost of $105/hr so basically this is a republican tactic, as always help out the corps. and owners and screw the middle class skilled trades and laborers. in closing whomever is dumb enough to not want to be a union member , this isn't a prevailing wage agreement you don't get the cash the union guys package equals you get what the owner wants to pay. no bennys, no vacation, you don't get squat.

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