People For the American Way Foundation

Michigan Young Elected Officials “Deeply Concerned” About State’s New Anti-Labor Law

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 13, 2012

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Today Michigan members of People For the American Way Foundation’s Young Elected Officials Network condemned the anti-labor legislation Governor Rick Snyder signed into law on Tuesday.

State Representative Rashida Tlaib of Detroit, Michigan, a member of People For the American Way Foundation’s Young Elected Officials Network, said:

“Michigan is a state where more than one in six workers belongs to a union.  The effects of this law will be far reaching, harming hard-working families across the state.  Workers want good jobs, decent compensation, affordable benefits, and a good standard of living.  A ‘right-to-work for less’ law would severely hurt our families by eroding their ability to bargain which could result in lower wages, and fewer benefits and less worker protections.

"These are real families – many of which are already facing tough decisions about how to make ends meet. Despite the protests of thousands of Michigan citizens, the state legislature and Gov. Snyder decided to go forward with the legislation.  We are deeply concerned about this attack on workers’ rights and middle-class families.”

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