Stabenow decried the passage of a right-to-work law in Michigan, saying it weakens unions and, by extension, Democrats.
“It’s incredibly divisive,” Stabenow said. “Today in Michigan, business and labor work extremely well together. When the auto industry had problems the [United Auto Workers union] stepped in. They cut starting wages in half, they assumed responsibility for retiree health care and were a huge part of making sure we had an American automobile industry, very positive.
“And now unfortunately the governor and the legislature are taking us back decades with this,” Stabenow continued. “I find it very sad when we are trying to move forward.”
Levin said, “If you reintroduce an era of labor-management confrontation after a decade of moving closer together and working together, to reintroduce a conflict does not make Michigan a more competitive state or more attractive for investments.”
Their comments came after President Barack Obama decried the bill on Monday, in a speech at Daimler’s Detroit Diesel in Redford, Mich.
Visitors get their first look at the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, which opened to the public on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. The new memorial is located off Independence Ave. SW between the Rayburn House Office Building and HHS. Buy photo here.