Right-to-work law sparks union uproar in Michigan
Governor Rick Snyder on state's new legislation
- Duration 5:35
- Date Dec 12, 2012
Governor Rick Snyder on state's new legislation
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It is a new ground zero in the battle for the future of the labor movement itself Michigan -- and on went civil union stronghold.
The birthplace of the United Auto Workers Union itself.
But in less than a week transformed into the nation's 24 from right to work state limiting union power.
And the guy -- the unions are calling all -- Acts misses -- -- -- governor Rick Snyder is here.
Welcome everybody big news -- on Neil Cavuto 24 hours after governor Rick Snyder signed -- right to work legislation into law.
Sparking all of these angry protests it looks like -- battle is just beginning.
-- -- -- -- Leave us alone or other corporate and we will get you want -- resistance.
It appears that some unions are out -- a lot more than their point of view but from blood and they are not holding back and neither.
-- -- state lawmakers.
We're going to pass something that -- -- do a hundred years.
-- labor relations and there won't be -- but.
There will be repercussions.
Personal I think everyone's kind of cool -- on language like that but there.
-- that as it made it now that it is law is the governor worried about.
When he's on leads to Michigan Republican governor Rick Snyder would be now governor you surprised by this.
-- it's good to be with you -- Com I knew there this is a very divisive issue there are a lot of protests even before we started considering these -- on this topic.
-- Michigan for a long time but this is the right thing to do.
Because it's actually being pro worker this is about giving workers the freedom to choose and shouldn't they be able to make that choice if their financial resources are going to a union iron out.
Depending on seeing value in the second thing as this will bring jobs to Michigan and we need those jobs and our state.
We've got a great comeback going but more and better jobs for Michigan has -- good for workers and actually good for unions.
Now the the the union guys come back governor and say so the non union members who you would force among us is their business and benefit from contracts that we negotiate.
And ultimately -- could -- Well again if you look at it.
It's these are good hard working people -- if they see value in the union they're gonna join because -- -- people don't take advantage of other people.
As a practice America step and look at if they don't -- value I don't see why they should have to put dollar resources towards that.
What assesses the unions need to put their value proposition to gather in a way that appeals to workers to make it exciting for them to want to contribute and doesn't that make common sense.
On you know some are already calling for recall Election Day they wanted to where you're standing out of there of Scott Walker ring a bell.
Well I again I -- through they had several recall efforts last year on things I was doing.
Because when you re invent a state that's what we need to do in Michigan.
-- people have difficulty with change with this change is good.
This is a problem in Michigan forward not living in the past but building a future based on more and better jobs and a bright future for our kids do you think now -- governor the difference between your situation now and Scott Walker's stand as we've had a presidential election and then -- -- larger election.
That has emboldened a lot of unions who can rightly say they certainly galvanize the base and brought out the huge base of the president.
Helped put him over the finish line not exclusively but I think in the big influence away.
So there are more in power now than they were with Scott Walker.
And and and more likely to to stick the -- -- you Libby would even.
Well I think to argue that this case.
-- is easier much easier because -- about collective bargaining Ohio and -- -- -- our collective bargaining issues this is about freedom to choose.
This is about the relationship between the union and a worker and this is very much being pro worker.
This is -- essentially saying shouldn't -- -- have the ability to choose to contribute to our resources are not based on -- value are now.
This is very straightforward and I think it's important stand up for workers' rights.
Now what did you may have a couple of days ago -- President Obama came to your mind state and clearly disagreed with -- what you just said this is from the president.
Couple days ago.
So called right to work -- that they don't have to with the economic they're very new to politics.
The -- batters.
-- given you the right to work for less money.
When he -- another.
Well two things the last come out about working for less money that's about collective bargaining and and that's not the issue here at all.
The second piece in terms of looking at the worker side of it this is very much pro worker -- this is stepping up.
Not about politics but about stepping up to say isn't it only fear.
There workers should only have to put up their hard earned dollars for something they see value for in -- the value doesn't exhaust.
They shouldn't have to contribute and again that burden should really be on the union side to putting same they're putting together -- value proposition that's really exciting worthwhile and hopefully.
They can convince workers to say hey it's great to be part of this organization and people want to join in if they did they would be in the same place -- out today.
All right -- let's listen governor thank you very much.