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Democrats urge Snyder to veto right-to-work legislation

December 10, 2012
By JOHN PEPIN - Journal Staff Writer ( , The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - Democratic members of Michigan's Congressional delegation met with Gov. Rick Snyder in Lansing for about an hour this morning, urging the Republican governor to veto right-to-work legislation.

The delegation of eight Democrats, including U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Detroit, asked Snyder to at a mimumum ask the state Legislature to delay a vote on the measures. Snyder said he would "seriously" consider the requests, according to Levin staff.

The lawmakers said the labor-management environment has dramatically improved in recent years in Michigan. Fracturing that growing unity and creating a contentious labor-management environment will not help attract companies to Michigan, the legislators said.

The delegation urged Snyder to allow Michigan residents to vote on this matter and not let their voices be squelched by a lame-duck session, using a parliamentary gimmick to prevent the people from voting on it.

The legislation includes an appropriation measure, which prevents overturn by voter referendum.

John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206.



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