DETROIT (AP) — A retired auxiliary bishop from the
Archdiocese of Detroit says his fellow Catholics and followers of other faiths should be
offended by the right-to-work legislation now moving toward passage in the Michigan Legislature.
Bishop Thomas Gumbleton says the bill blocking unions from collecting mandatory fees from workers they represent violates the principles that U.S. bishops set down in their 1986 letter "Economic Justice for All."
Mlive.com reports that Gumbleton says "all Christians and members of all faith traditions" should object to the bill, which he calls an effort "to break existing unions and prevent workers for organizing."
The Republican-led state House and Senate approved right-to-work bills Thursday and are moving toward giving their final approval this week. GOP Gov. Rick Snyder says he'll sign the legislation.
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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.