Do Michigan Republicans fear right-to-work backlash?
State house speaker sounds off
- Duration 2:58
- Date Dec 13, 2012
State house speaker sounds off
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Protesters revolting is right to work legislation passed by Michigan Michigan lawmakers.
Even -- Fox's contributor was beat up but it wasn't just the unions who -- lashing out Democrats in Michigan say they want to decision go unpunished listen.
In the past something that -- -- and do a hundred years.
Of labor relations and there will be brought.
So -- -- Republicans worried about a backlash let's ask Michigan state house because Jason Bulger he joins us live from Lansing.
Jason are you concerned mr.
speaker -- should say are you concerned about a backlash.
-- -- -- -- -- -- of those of that rhetoric -- wholly unfortunate it's inappropriate.
When those actions were but I don't believe the represented of either of the good people in Michigan.
As you saw those protests we know that many protesters were literally trucked in from out of states we don't know whether that by council's actions were even Michigan people doing that.
But we we did see -- what bothered me -- -- Where union leaders and Democrat leaders referring to Michigan's hard workers as freeloaders.
That's what I think as most inappropriate Michigan workers get up every day to literally build and grow and make Michigan a fantastic state.
They deserve much better respect the map.
You have -- -- referendum on the ballot to make Michigan a permanent union state had an -- It was overwhelmingly rejected by the voters of our state that was an overreach.
And -- voters spoke very clearly against putting that in our state constitution -- How do you defuse the anger if the majority of people are in your camp on this.
-- -- diffuse the anger be for the ten to 151000 at least they're upset.
And the thousands of school teachers -- didn't go to work on Tuesday in protest.
As we saw again much of those protesters were brought in from out of state but what I think we need do was we need to focus on Michigan's workers.
I think we need to focus now the unions will remain free to make their case but -- -- workers will become free to make their choice.
And ultimately I think -- about opportunity this is about new.
Jobs and better careers from Michigan workers Michigan's greatest days are in front of us on top of that I think that's the solution.
I know unemployment in right to work states is -- less than it is.
In in union states and you plan on going down I'm sure you hope that -- thirty turning around what makes you think additional manufacturing will come your way now.
Well we saw through site selection we -- as people were looking at Michigan we were repeatedly rejected because we were not a right to work state.
We saw the last decade -- we saw a lot of auto manufacturing and other manufacturing go to right to work states people make an issue out of China.
But we lost a lot of jobs the southern states in the United States so we're absolutely -- market Michigan there's there's no better workforce in the country.
Then Michigan I'd argue no better workforce in the world and Michigan so we're gonna welcome business with open arms.
Bring those opportunities to our state we have a beautiful state with fantastic people I mr.
speaker thanks so much for joining us best of luck -- -- Everyone to calm down over Michigan and look ahead thanks so much great to be with you thanks all right.