Dec 7, 2013
The Rich, Conservative Push for Right-to-Work (Video)
Posted on Dec 12, 2012
What appears to be an impromptu shift in Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s stance on the right-to-work bill he signed into law this week was a consequence of months of planning supported by the Koch family and the behind-the-scenes conservative lobby group ALEC.
The president of the United Auto Workers, Bob King, told MSNBC that the union was “blindsided” when Snyder signed the law, given that the group was engaged in what it described as amicable talks with the governor—who had previously opposed the legislation—just days before.
“We had made a lot of progress, which he and the staff, everybody, felt good about,” King said. “But then all of a sudden, he flipped on us, and we heard that he was going to sign this bill.”
Snyder abruptly began describing the bill as “Freedom to Work” and “pro-worker.” Republican Rep. Mike Shirkey echoed the governor’s language, saying in an interview Wednesday: “There’s a long list of very public special interest groups and associations that have been advocating for labor freedom for a long time. ... There’s also a long list of people who would just as soon stay behind the scenes who have been very supportive. And I’m just privileged to be one small piece in this very big puzzle.”
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
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