SEIU International President, Mary Kay Henry made an appearance on The Rachel Maddow Show last night after Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed the so-called "Right-to-Work" bill into law, despite the presence of more than 17,000 workers at the State Capitol building yesterday urging him not to sign. This dangerous law is an attack on Michigan's middle class and strips away rights for workers, both union and non-union. President Henry, who's also a Michigan native, called the events yesterday an "incredible day for working people."
By signing this bill, Governor Snyder has effectively decided "Michigan needs to become a low wage economy where you have to string together three jobs in order to make ends meet and eliminate the remaining middle class," said Henry.
Continued citizen protests are expected throughout the state in coming days and months. Workers are weighing political, legal and legislative options as well, including putting the measure on the ballot in 2014 (the same year that Snyder is up for re-election), a move similar to what Ohio voters did in 2011 when they overturned an anti-worker law championed by their governor.
"I see it (these attacks) as a reawakening for working people...we're going to build a powerful movement. We're going to build power in the workplace; build power at the ballot box; power in our communities and make it crystal clear that Snyder can't get away with this by building a more powerful worker community movement in the state of Michigan and rebuilding a middle class - not just in Michigan, but all across this country."