Anti-union bills still in House Committee

 

The House Oversight, Reform and Ethics Committee heard testimony this week on HB 5023-5026, a package of anti-union bills meant to curtail the powers of labor unions. HB 5025—which requires annual written consent from employees to have union dues deducted from their paychecks—was the topic of most of the testimony.
 
Bill Black of the Teamsters and a constituent of Committee Chair Rep. Tom McMillin (R-Rochester) called HB 5025 “probably the worst public policy I have come across in my 13 years.” 
 
He went on, “These bills aren’t about creating jobs; they’re about control. These are political bills intended to punish your enemies and reward your friends. The Michigan Chamber of Commerce is worried about political money being used against their candidates.” 
 
But Charles Owens, state director of the National Federation of Independent Businesses, said the bills were necessary to restore balance between business and labor. 
 
Those opposing the bills, like MEA, question how such punitive legislation would create jobs in Michigan—the stated goal of Gov. Snyder and Republican lawmakers.