Senator Hopgood Introduces Legislation to Repeal Divisive “Right to Work” Laws
Senator Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D – Taylor) today submitted for introduction two bills, with the support of his Senate Democratic colleagues, that would repeal so-called “Right to Work” legislation. The legislation, enacted in December's Lame Duck session, was not allowed a public hearing, and has been met with strong opposition from many of Michigan's citizens.
“As expected, Right to Work legislation has been fervently opposed by a large segment of the public since its passage under the cover of night in the Lame Duck session,” said Hopgood. “I've introduced legislation to repeal it in accordance with the desires of the citizens of Michigan who elected us in the first place.”
Michigan voters have long appreciated their ability to collectively bargain for their right to fair wages and benefits. The recent “Right to Work” legislation was known to be driven by out-of-state special interests. An appropriation was attached to the bill before final passage which means it cannot be placed on the ballot for voter approval or repeal through referendum.
“The people of Michigan were completely shut out of the legislative process with this regulation,” said Senator Hopgood. “I will continue to stand with Michigan workers in the fight to repeal this misguided legislation.”
Senator Hopgood's bills are SB 95 and SB 96.