LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Legislative leaders in Lansing are debating whether to introduce divisive right-to-work legislation that would limit unions' ability to collect fees from nonunion workers.
The Michigan Chamber of Commerce on Monday announced its support for such legislation.
Michigan lawmakers are returning Tuesday for the first of three sessions this week. And backers of right-to-work legislation announced a new lobbying effort.
The majority of Michigan voters had no interest last month in approving a ballot proposal that would have enshrined collective bargaining rights in the Michigan Constitution and ban right-to-work laws limiting unions' ability to collect fees from nonunion workers.
That provided an invitation for some Republican leaders to come forward with right-to-work legislation. But the idea has raised opposition in a state with long and strong ties to labor unions.
Michigan is governed as a republic, with three branches of government: executive, legislative and judicial. The state also allows direct participation of the electorate by initiative, referendum, recall, and ratification.