Versions of the Right to Work legislation clear the state House - ABC 12 – WJRT – Flint, MI

Versions of the Right to Work legislation clear the state House and Senate, debate continues

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(12/06/12) - The "Right to Work" legislation is one step closer to becoming law and Governor Rick Snyder wants it on a fast-track.

It's been a very passionate and emotional day at the state capitol as hundreds of people storm the front lawn, the rotunda, and at times even the chambers, speaking out against the controversial effort.

In a nut-shell, the right to work bills would halt unions from collecting fees from non-union workers.

Opponents say that would weaken organized labor's ability to bargain for good wages.

Supporters say it would boost jobs.

Here are the newest developments as of Thursday evening:

  • The state House introduced the bill around 3 p.m. , just 2 hours later, passed it with a 58 to 52 vote. That specific bill can't move onto the Senate until the next session day.
  • Later Thursday evening, the state Senate passed their own versions of right to work bills.  One, dealing with public workers... the other, with private-sector employees.
  • All 3 bills will eventually be consolidated into 2 bills, so the debate continues.
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