Over angry and noisy protests from labor and other groups gathering at the Capitol Thursday, the Michigan House of Representatives and then the Senate approved controversial "right to work" legislation, which prohibits labor contracts from requiring workers to be a member of a union or to pay any fees to unions. The Senate approved similar legislation, although approval of a final version won't happen until next week, according to Ari Adler, spokesperson for House Speaker Jase Bolger. Governor Rick Snyder, who earlier said this issue was not on his agenda, now supports the bill fully, and promises to sign it into law if and when it gets to his desk. Labor unons and most Democrats say the legislation is an attack on workers and nothing else. Republican sponsors disagree, saying it will restore workplace fairness and equality, and it does not prohibit labor unions from seeking membership.
Representative Mike Shirkey on the House Floor