WASHINGTON – American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. today issued the following statement in response to the Michigan Legislature’s approval of anti-worker legislation:
Today’s maneuver by Michigan Republicans to ram through a “right to work for less” bill in the lame-duck session of the Michigan Legislature is a vile example of political revenge. This profoundly anti-democratic action is an affront to anybody who believes in democratic processes or even basic decency.
The people of Michigan do not want this law, and Governor Snyder and the lawmakers who are trying to enact this anti-worker bill before their terms expire at the end of the year know full well that what they are doing is immoral and unjust. They are not carrying out the will of the people; they are punishing the people who voted to replace them in the new year.
Shame on every one of the Michigan lawmakers who participated in this undermining of democracy and voted to rob Michigan workers of their rights. On behalf of AFGE’s members in Michigan and throughout the nation, we denounce this despicable action and vow to work with our brothers and sisters to repeal this illegitimate and unjust law.