Right-to-work bill passes in Michigan

Dec 11, 2012 | 05:14 PM | Corinna Petry

Tags  Right-to-work legislation, Detroit Diesel, Daimler Trucks, United Steelworkers, United Auto Workers, President Obama, Leo Gerard, corinna petry

CHICAGO — Despite vociferous opposition from labor and the White House, unions apparently have lost a legislative battle in the blue-collar heartland of Michigan.

As workers protested Tuesday in Lansing, the state House of Representatives passed a measure making Michigan a right-to-work state. President Obama slammed the bill Monday when talking with workers at Detroit Diesel in Redford, Mich., which makes powertrain components for parent Daimler Trucks North America LLC.

The legislation, which regulates strikes and picketing, mediates grievances and disputes and requires certain provisions in collective bargaining agreements, among other limits to labor’s powers, will now go to Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature.....

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