Whitmer signs laws to repeal right-to-work, student retention requirement
Governor Gretchen Whitmer moved quickly to sign bills sent to her this week to repeal Michigan’s right to work law and to require the state contractors to pay union-level wages.
It’s unusual for bills to be signed this quickly after being adopted by the Legislature. Democrats had promised pro-union bills would be a top priority this year and this seals that commitment.
Bobby Leddy, the governor’s communications director, says the Legislature and the Whitmer administration have coupled these labor-friendly policies with business incentives to attract employers.
“So creating both a strong business environment and worker environment is part of our goal of making sure that people know that Michigan is open for business.”
But business and conservative groups say, regardless, repealing the right to work law will make Michigan less competitive.