Controversial Right to Work legislation takes effect
Thu, 28 Mar 2013 22:24:49 GMT —
In the birthplace of the UAW, union leaders are concerned and upset about the changes that come with right to work legislation.
Thursday, many workers took a stand for the organized labor organization they've always known.
"It's a sad day being a native here in Michigan on the birthplace of the UAW," says UAW Local 699 Vice President Ron Tribula.
Governor Rick Snyder passed the law in December of 2012 amid state-wide protests. It gives union workers the option not to pay union dues.
Tuesday, Right to Work opponents wore red to display their continued displeasure with the law.
"This could make the union stronger. People are realizing working people are under attack," says Tribula.
Tribula says union members already have plans to oppose the controversial legislaiton in November of 2014. UAW Local 699's current contract is up in 2015.
"It's going to be our job to educate our members between now and 2015 to keep our union strong."
"Union did a lot of things for middle class families when work slows down I don't think you can get that non-union," says union worker, Dave Antwine.
But not all union members think it's a bad thing.
"As long as it's going to expand business and open up jobs around the area that's all we need," says Aaron Hoffman.
To put this highly controversial law in more of a positive light, proponents including Governor Snyder are referring to "right to work" as "freedom to work" instead.