Following today’s decision by Republican Governor Rick Snyder to sign into law so-called “right to work” legislation pushed through the state legislature by the Michigan GOP, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:
“Today, on the very same day that more than 12,000 people in Michigan traveled to their state Capitol to decry the so-called ‘right to work’ legislation that Michigan Republicans rammed through the state legislature, Governor Rick Snyder clearly and unapologetically ignored those voices and the voices of so many hardworking families across the state. This regressive anti-worker legislation has nothing to do with the right to work—unless we’re talking about the right for middle-class people in Michigan to work for lower pay and fewer benefits, without the ability to bargain for better wages. In no way whatsoever will that move Michigan’s working families forward, and Governor Snyder knows that.
“Michigan Republicans should also know that now is not the time for partisan political games—or bowing to the self-interested pressures of corporate CEOs and billionaire GOP donors like Dick DeVos and the Koch brothers. It’s time for our leaders to be doing everything they possibly can to keep creating good jobs for the middle class, keep encouraging businesses to invest in American workers, and keep helping hardworking families regain a sense of economic certainty. Today’s actions by Governor Snyder and his Republican allies are diametrically opposed to that kind of progress, and quite simply, they are an affront to Michigan workers and a cynical attempt to take middle-class families backward.”