Right to Work in Michigan

The Issue:

In March of 2013, Michigan became the nation’s 24th Freedom to Work (Right to Work) state. The Michigan Chamber was pleased to work with Governor Snyder, Senate Majority Leader Richardville, House Speaker Bolger and their pro-reform colleagues to push this legislation across the finish line.

Where We Stand:

The Michigan Chamber supports Freedom to Work because it is good public policy that will protect all employees from being forced to join a union and pay dues against their will. Freedom to Work legislation 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 or financially supporting a union is the right choice for them.

Staff Contact: 
Wendy Block
Director of Health Policy & Human Resources
Legislative Proposals: 

During the 2011-2012 legislative session, the Michigan Chamber supported legislation to protect Michigan's right-to-work law from being repealed. We are pleased to report that both Senate Bill 116 and House Bill 4003 were passed and signed into law as Public Act 348 of 2012 and Public Act 349 of 2012, respectively.  


Freedom to Work: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions, Michigan Chamber, Dec. 13, 2012

"Freedom to Work" and Creating More and Better Jobs in Michigan, Gov. Snyder, Dec. 7, 2012

U.S. Chamber Supports Freedom to Work Law in Michigan, News Release, Dec. 6, 2012

Michigan to Consider Right-to-Work Legislation, Workforce Freedom Initiative, Dec. 6, 2012

2012 Michigan Economic Competitiveness Study (Executive Brief), Michigan Chamber Foundation, Sept. 2012

2012 Michigan Economic Competitiveness Study (Full Report), Michigan Chamber Foundation, Sept. 2012

Right-to-Work Dashboard, Cumulative Employment Growth, Mackinac Center for Public Policy

A Model Right-to-Work Amendment to the Michigan Constitution, Mackinac Center for Public Policy, Aug. 27, 2007

In the News: 

NBC Nightly News Report on Michigan Becoming a Right-to-Work State (featuring an interview with Chamber President & CEO Rich Studley), Dec. 11, 2012

Vernuccio and Lehman: An Inspiration and a Warning From Michigan, The Wall Street Journal, Dec. 14, 2012

TV-4 Reporter Rod Meloni Explains Right-to-Work

Union Members Get Ugly in Michigan, videos posted on breitbart.com

Right Place Inc. could see 30 percent jump in prospects thanks to right-to-work, says Birgit Klohs, MLive, Dec. 7, 2012

Nash: Michigan's future hinges on its competitiveness, The Detroit News, Dec. 7, 2012

Gov. Rick Snyder "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren, Fox News, Dec. 6, 2012

2,500 Protest Michigan Capitol (video montage), MIRS, Dec. 6, 2012

Why one lawmaker voted yes

VIDEOS: Union Intimidation, Vandalism At Michigan Capitol Over Right-to-Work, Michigan Capitol Confidential, Dec. 6, 2012

Michigan Republicans confront unions over "right-to-work," Reuters, Dec. 6, 2012

Protesters Arrested Before Vote on Michigan Union Law, The New York Times, Dec. 6, 2012

Column: Right to work right for business, USA Today, Dec. 6, 2012

Michigan Chamber of Commerce in favor of right-to-work legislation, Lansing State Journal, Dec. 5, 2012

Right to Work in Michigan: Lawmakers consider a law to help the lagging state economy, The Wall Street Journal, Dec. 5, 2012

Michigan Chamber of Commerce in favor of right-to-work legislation, Detroit Free Press, Dec. 3, 2012

Mitch Daniels: Right-to-work already working, POLITICO, Feb. 2, 2012