Sponsor of Michigan’s worker freedom laws celebrates March 28 launch – A new day

**Media Availability**

WHO:    Senate Majority Floor Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, sponsor of Michigan’s historic worker freedom legislation

HOW:    For an interview or for comments, contact Sen. Meekhof via email at SenAMeekhof@senate.michigan.gov, by calling his office at 517-373-6920 or by contacting the Senator’s Chief of Staff Bob DeVries at 616-334-6710.

WHY:    March 28 marks the launch of Michigan’s landmark right-to-work laws, giving Michigan workers the right to individually choose whether they join a union. This historic legislation is already having a positive impact on the state’s business environment and has changed the way job creators view Michigan. However, in the 11th hour, union bosses and their Democrat allies are cutting long-term, sweetheart deals with local schools to extend union contracts. These desperate, anti-taxpayer tactics hamstring schools and their ability to make future decisions, negatively impacting the education of our children.

“Today is a new day for the Great Lakes State, and with the launch of worker freedom, our message to the nation and the world is: ‘Michigan is open for business,’” Meekhof said.

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Sen. Meekhof attacks Democrat 11th-hour tactics to undermine worker freedom

LANSING—Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, sponsor of Michigan’s historic worker freedom legislation that was signed into law last December, expressed outrage on Tuesday at the hypocrisy of statements by House Minority Leader Tim Greimel, D-Auburn Hills, defending 11th-hour actions by union bosses and Democrat officials to circumvent the onset of the state’s Workplace Fairness and Equality Act on March 28.

“Last year, I was proud to sponsor and work with Governor Snyder and legislative leaders to pass Michigan’s historic worker freedom legislation, which in a few weeks will be the law of the land in the Great Lakes State,” Meekhof said. “I’m also proud of what we accomplished through that landmark bill — choices for workers and their families, greater accountability for unions and a more competitive economic environment for the state of Michigan.

“Unfortunately, weeks before the onset of Michigan’s worker freedom laws, in communities and schools across the state, Democrat public officials and labor leaders are engaging in 11th-hour negotiations to extend existing contracts or sign new long-term union contracts — hamstringing the future ability of school officials to protect the education of our kids.

“I say this directly to Representative Greimel and his fellow Democrats: Put an end to the hypocrisy, desperation tactics and the games you’re playing with the future of our communities and our students. Instead, I invite you to stand with us to oppose these long-term, sweetheart union contracts that jeopardize Michigan’s economic future and irresponsibly put the future of our schools and communities — as well as our taxpayers, parents and students — at risk.”

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