” I want to thank the Times for publishing the guest editorial ” Don’t even think about right-to-work law” (Nov. 15).
I agree. What our state needs right now is a climate of cooperation. It’s time to get back to work in creating economic success.
In 2008, the auto crisis threatened thousands of much-needed jobs and critical revenue for our state.
We did it together
Today the domestic industry is roaring back. There is new investment in factories, more jobs created in our state and work coming to Michigan from overseas.
This is a testament to the sacrifice made by UAW members and government, labor and the community, working together to find sensible economic solutions.
We are proud to have shown the world that it can be done, and that collective bargaining is part of that formula for success.
A recent poll by Progress Michigan and the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center showed strong support for collective bargaining in Michigan. A strong majority of voters ( 70 percent) continue to support the right of workers to organize and bargain over wages, benefits, and working conditions.
The poll also showed that with the election behind us, voters overwhelmingly (83 percent agree, 64 percent strongly agree) are ready for politicians in Lansing to get to work creating jobs and improving education, not changing rules about unions.
It is time to halt the bickering. A war against workers is not the answer.
It is time to move forward. It’s time to get to work in creating a better Michigan.
Let’s draw those lines.
The editorial stated that Gov. Snyder has repeatedly said right-to-work legislation is not part of his agenda and that he should go further. It called on the governor to boldly pronounce that he doesn’t want to see a bill on his desk. It goes even further to encourage the governor to say that if a bill does appear, he will veto it.
We agree. What’s good for working families is good for business and good for Michigan.
Together let’s devote our energies and resources to fostering mature relationships to save jobs, create more jobs and make this state attractive to those who share those mutual goals.”