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Michigan Democrats submit right-to-work repeal bill

House Bill 4005 would remove the right to choose from private sector workers

Now that Michigan Democrats “hold all the gavels” in Lansing, they have wasted no time in pursuing one of their top targets in 2023: Repeal the state’s right-to-work law, which took effect a decade ago.

Public sector workers in Michigan, such as public school teachers will retain the right to opt out of unions regardless of what happens in Lansing. The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Janus vs. AFSCME (2018) establishes that point. Any right-to-work repeal would affect only private sector employees, such as factory workers at Ford or GM.

That’s just what House Bill 4005 of 2023 would achieve.

Page two of the seven-page bill shows what’s at stake if it were to pass. No longer would workers represented by private sector unions have the choice whether to opt out. The government would take that right away.

As the legislation reads:

House Bill 4005 was submitted by State Rep. Regina Weiss, D-Oak Park, and referred to the House Committee on Labor. Among its sponsors is State Rep. Joe Tate, D-Detroit, who is Speaker of the House.

CapCon will follow the bill as it proceeds through the Legislature.

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