WIN Special Report: Workers ponder a right-to-work Michigan
Michigan is on the path to becoming a right-to-work state after Republicans in the legislature fast tracked bills on Thursday. Due to a rule that prevents both chambers from voting on the same legislation for five-days the soonest the measures can be sent to Governor Rick Snyder’s desk is Tuesday. In November Michiganders rejected a law passed in 2011 that gave Emergency Financial Managers broad powers which included the power to dissolve union contracts. In an effort to stop the right-to-work legislation from being repealed in a same way Republicans inserted financial measures into the legislation. Debra Nault is registered nurse in Michigan and she’s seen firsthand the difference between having union representation and not.
Nault: Having worked in the same institution in my career, I worked there as a non-union organization and when it was organized, it's a huge difference. We have voice in the workplace, a voice in our staffing, we can speak up without fear of being reprimanded. With right-to-work it's going to weaken unions we're not going to have that voice in the workplace we enjoy now.
Healthcare is more complicated than it was. It's not easy to be a nurse, there wasn't so much technology, there wasn't so much charting. There's so much that;s involved in nursing we can't go back to how we did it 50 years ago. Not to have a voice in the workplace can be costly.
Major rallies are expected in downtown Lansing Monday and Tuesday in a last ditch effort to convince the Governor to not sign the bill into law. Snyder had previously said that right-to-work wasn’t on his agenda, but in recent days said he felt the law is necessary due to voters eliminating his emergency financial manager allows.