Michigan Chamber Strongly Agrees with Gov. Snyder's Call for Action on Freedom to Work Legislation

December 6, 2012

Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 - The Michigan Chamber of Commerce issued the following response to the news conference held earlier today by Gov. Snyder, Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, Speaker of the House Jase Bolger and several Michigan workers calling for action on Freedom to Work legislation:

“We strongly agree with the Governor and legislative leaders that now is the time for action on Freedom to Work legislation,” said Michigan Chamber President & CEO Rich Studley. “Passage of this legislation will help create and retain jobs and improve our state’s economic competitiveness.”

“We support this legislation because it is good public policy that will protect all employees from being forced to join a union and pay dues against their will,” said Jim Holcomb, Senior Vice President & General Counsel for the Michigan Chamber. “It is important to understand that Freedom to Work legislation is allowed under federal law and does not prohibit a union’s right to exist or prevent collective bargaining – it just gives every employee the ability to decide for themselves if joining and financially supporting a union is the right choice for them.”