Dec. 3, 2012
/PRNewswire/ -- The Michigan Chamber of Commerce announced today its support for passage of "freedom to work" legislation that would prohibit employees in
from being forced to join a union or provide financial support to a union as a condition of employment. Currently,
employees can be forced to participate in a union and are required to contribute financially or face termination.
"After surveying the Michigan Chamber's general membership (85 percent support), receiving clear direction from our Board of Directors and carefully reviewing the impact
to Work legislation would have on
, it is clear that now is the time for bold and decisive leadership to pass comprehensive
to Work legislation that applies to both the public and private sectors," said Michigan Chamber President & CEO
. "This action would make
) to enact
to Work legislation and it would help create and retain jobs in
and improve our state's economic competitiveness."
"We support this legislation because it is good public policy that will protect all employees from being forced to join a union and pay dues against their will," said
, Senior Vice President & General Counsel for the Michigan Chamber. "It is important to understand that
to Work legislation is allowed under federal law and does not prohibit a union's right to exist or prevent collective bargaining – it just gives every employee the ability to decide for themselves if joining and financially supporting a union is the right choice for them."
The Michigan Chamber is a statewide business organization representing approximately 6,400 businesses of every size and type in all 83 counties of the state. Michigan Chamber member businesses provide jobs to 1.5 million residents. One of every 2.6 employees in
works for a Chamber member firm.
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