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Your Guide to Right-to-Work Bills (And How Bloomfield's Lawmakers Voted)

Bills passed last week in the Michigan House and Senate could reach Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature Tuesday.

Demonstrators took to the Capitol steps Monday in Lansing to sound off on right-to-work legislation that is poised to become law after Gov. Rick Snyder did an abrupt about-face on the issue last week and a series of related bills passed in the House and Senate.

Larger protests are expected Tuesday when the legislation could reach Snyder's desk for his signature. Patch will be live-blogging from Lansing as the situation develops.

Looking for a primer on the bills and what they really mean? Read on for a description of each bill and to find out how lawmakers representing Bloomfield Township and Bloomfield Hills voted.

House Bill 4054

The legislation that would make Michigan a "right-to-work" state was passed 58 to 52 in the House on Dec. 6, according to michiganvotes.org. The bill would prohibit unions from requiring workers to pay dues as a term of employment. It also includes a $1 million appropriation to make it "referendum-proof," michiganvotes.org reports. (Visit legislature.mi.gov to download the full bill.)

  • Rep. Chuck Moss (R-Birmingham), representing Michigan's 40th District, including Bloomfield Township and Bloomfield Hills: Voted yes

Senate Bill 116

The legislation that would make Michigan a "right-to-work" state was passed 22 to 16 in the Senate on Dec. 6, according to michiganvotes.org. The bill would prohibit unions from requiring workers to pay dues as a term of employment. It also includes a $1 million appropriation to make it "referendum-proof," michiganvotes.org reports. (Visit legislature.mi.gov to download the full bill.)

  • Sen. John Pappageorge (R-Troy), representing the 13th District, including Bloomfield Township and Bloomfield Hills: Voted yes

House Bill 4003

The legislation that would extend right-to-work regulations to government and school employees passed 22 to 4 in the Senate on Dec. 6. It passed 63 to 46 in the House on June 8, 2011, according to michiganvotes.org. (Visit legislature.mi.gov to download the full bill.)

  • Rep. Chuck Moss (R-Birmingham), representing Michigan's 40th District, including Bloomfield Township and Bloomfield Hills: Voted yes
  • Sen. John Pappageorge (R-Troy), representing the 13th District, including Bloomfield Township and Bloomfield Hills: Voted yes

Senate Democrats, who walked out of the Capitol Thursday in protest after all 21 of their proposed amendments to the bill were defeated, did not vote on the legislation.

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Cathy O'Connor December 12, 2012 at 01:03 PM
As I watched the videos from Lansing yesterday, at times I felt I was watching scenes from a third world country. I could add many comments on this issue. One thing that really struck me was the last sentence that said,"Senate Democrats, who walked out of the Capitol Thursday in protest after all 21 of their proposed amendments to the bill were defeated, did not vote on the legislation." So to me, they walked off their jobs. They are elected and paid to vote on legislation. If they are against legislation, they should vote accordingly. This is their job responsibility. They don't "take their toys and go home."
Parentaxpayer December 12, 2012 at 01:17 PM
What about the teachers that walked off their jobs to protest? They pay their union dues to go towards their building representatives and higher ups whose jobs it is to represents their positions in Lansing. The teachers should not be abandoning a full classroom to "take their posters and go to Lansing".
Cathy O'Connor December 12, 2012 at 01:42 PM
I agree. Union dues is paid for representation. That remains in place. Both my parents belonged to unions. My father was a Boston Police Officer in the '60's. A turbulent time with riots and anti-war demonstrations, as I know Detroit can relate to as well. He was not paid well. He never went on strike. He felt he took an oath to protect the citizens of Boston and he always honored it. I respect hard working employees. I do take issue with those who walk off their jobs. Do your job that you are being paid for. There's a process in place to address employment issues. Again, as I watched the video, I wonder, how can we expect our children not to bully others?

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