One year later: Right-to-work protestors gone, the debate is not

One year later: Right-to-work protestors are gone, the debate is not

Posted: Updated:

By: Political Analyst Tim Skubick

The tranquil state capitol Wednesday was in stark contrast to what it looked like and sounded like one year ago when 12,000 demonstrators shouted while Republicans voted. It divided the house Democrats against Republicans.

That was then and now is now.

But 2014 is an election year and Democrats are poised to use right-to-work against the Governor.

"The Governor and his cohorts in legislature promised this avalanche of jobs that was going to be coming to Michigan. In fact, unemployment is higher today that it was a year at this time," says State Rep. Brandon Dillon.

"We've been rated the fourth best state in the country in terms of job growth. I don't know what they are talking about. ... You got to look how it's doing nationwide. We're doing very well in Michigan," says Dick Posthumus, a lobbyist for the Governor.

The state has the third highest unemployment rate in the nation.

"I think we have data to indicate that it's working, to prove it is a different story. These kinds of investments take a long time," says State Rep. Mike Shirkey.

'We know that in states that have so-called right-to-work laws, it doesn't create jobs. What it does do is it lowers wages, it weakens benefits and it erodes work place safety protections," says State Rep. Tim Greimel.

One year later the protestors are gone, the debate over the law is not.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Ficano to seek fourth term as Wayne Co. Executive

    Ficano to seek fourth term as Wayne Co. Executive

    Friday, April 18 2014 12:12 PM EDT2014-04-18 16:12:33 GMT
    Embattled Wayne Co. Executive Robert Ficano will seek a fourth term. In a release, Ficano says he will kick off his re-election campaign during a news conference on April 21.
    Embattled Wayne Co. Executive Robert Ficano will seek a fourth term. In a release, Ficano says he will kick off his re-election campaign during a news conference on April 21.
  • Judge sentences man whose daughter died in raid

    Judge sentences man whose daughter died in raid

    Friday, April 18 2014 11:34 AM EDT2014-04-18 15:34:43 GMT
    A Detroit man whose daughter was accidentally killed by police during a raid has been sentenced to 40 to 60 years in prison for second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a teenager.
    A Detroit man whose daughter was accidentally killed by police during a raid has been sentenced to 40 to 60 years in prison for second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a teenager.
  • Mazda recalls 109,000 older SUVs for rust problem

    Mazda recalls 109,000 older SUVs for rust problem

    Friday, April 18 2014 10:45 AM EDT2014-04-18 14:45:07 GMT
    Mazda is recalling 109,000 Tribute SUVs in cold weather states to fix rusting frame parts.
    Mazda is recalling 109,000 Tribute SUVs in cold weather states to fix rusting frame parts.
  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices