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.
From left, Lisa Peng, daughter of Peng Ming, Grace Ge Geng, daughter of Gao Zhisheng, and Ti-Anna Wang, daughter of Wang Bingzhang, hold pictures of their imprisoned fathers during a House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations hearing in the Rayburn House Office Building titled “Their Daughters Appeal to Beijing: ‘Let Our Fathers Go!’”
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