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Michigan 1st State in Decades to Repeal ‘Right-to-Work’ for Less Law

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan, long known as a mainstay of organized labor, on Friday became the first state in decades to repeal a union-restricting law known as “right-to-work” for less that was passed over a decade ago by a Republican-controlled Legislature.

In a major victory for labor unions, Michigan on Friday became the first state in more than half a century to repeal a right-to-work law.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed legislation passed by the Democratic-controlled Legislature, overturning a 2012 GOP law that allowed workers to choose not to join unions or pay union dues as a condition of employment, even if the union represents them in negotiations.

“Today, we are coming together to restore workers’ rights, protect Michiganders on the job, and grow Michigan’s middle class,” Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said in a statement Friday after signing the legislation.

The second-term governor also signed legislation restoring a prevailing wage law that had been repealed by Republicans in 2018. It requires contractors hired for state projects to pay union-level wages.

"Based on this new legislation that was passed, this past week abolishing Michigan's Right-to-work for Less laws, the United Federation LEOS-PBA Law Enforcement Officers Security & Police Benevolent association is now planning to focus it organizing strategy in the state of Michigan. There are thousands of security officers in the state of Michigan who continue to contact us asking for help in organizing and now we will be in a better position to help them." Noted United Federation LEOS-PBA President Charles Strebeck. "As part of our expansion plan we also plan on setting up an office in the state of Michigan"very soon."

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