After Michigan Bill Passes, White House Reasserts Opposition To ‘Right-To-Work’

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.

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