While thousands of Michiganders are protesting the "right to work" legislation being rammed through the state legislature by Republicans without any public input, more and more voices from all over the country are speaking out against the proposed bills including the National Football Players Association (NFLPA) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA).
Think Progress interviewed NFLPA's Assistant Executive Director for External Affairs George Atallah:
We stood up against this in the past, and we stand against it in its current form in Michigan....Our leadership and players are always proud to stand with workers in Michigan and everywhere else. We don’t think voters chose this, and we don’t think workers deserve this.
MLBPA Executive Director Michael Weiner told Think Progress his union also opposes this legislation:
Major League Baseball Players Association has always stood by the principle that all who reap the many benefits of union representation should contribute to their operation....All union members — either auto workers, teachers, firefighters, or the American League champion Detroit Tigers — oppose legislation designed to weaken unions. The economic health of our country cannot be revitalized by depriving workers of their voice in the workplace.
Stephen Henderson, Detroit Free Press editorial page editor, wrote in a column today:
....Right-to-work states trail states where unions retain the right to make union membership a condition of employment — if the employees they represent vote to do so. There has been significant job growth in many right-to-work states, which have become magnets for companies that want to avoid the kind of wage and benefits that collective bargaining helps assure for working people. Such companies create jobs, alright — just not the kind Michigan legislators would want to see their own kids reduced to.
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