The White House reasserted it’s opposition to so-called “right-to-work” legislation on Thursday after the Michigan House of Representatives passed a bill making it illegal to require financial support of a union as a condition of employment by a vote margin of 58-52.
“President Obama has long opposed so-called ‘right to work’ laws and he continues to oppose them now,” said White House spokesman Matt Lehrich in a statement to TPM. “The President believes our economy is stronger when workers get good wages and good benefits, and he opposes attempts to roll back their rights. Michigan – and its workers’ role in the revival of the US automobile industry – is a prime example of how unions have helped build a strong middle class and a strong American economy.”
Earlier, Michigan state police pepper-sprayed and arrested several protesters gathered to demonstrate against the bill.