Right-To-Work Protesters Target Governor Snyder’s Office

Posted at 9:13 PM, Dec 07, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-07 22:32:12-05

LANSING, Mich. – The State House and State Senate were not in session on Friday but there were still a lot of State Police patrolling both the Capitol Building and Governor Rick Snyder’s office inside the Romney Building.

Police were there in response to a third day of protests centering around the right-to-work legislation .

Police inside the Romney Building were guarding the entrance around 3:30 Friday afternoon.  Police wouldn’t allow FOX 17 or the protesters past the front lobby or anywhere near the governor’s office.

Protesters who oppose the right-to-work bill stood outside the Capitol Building with signs showing their disgust with this piece of legislation.

If passed, the right-to-work bill would not require an employee to join a union or pay union dues as a condition of employment.

Two different versions of this bill passed both the house and senate on Thursday night.

Despite the fact the Governor has said he will sign a right-to-work bill, demonstrators still want their voices heard.

Nick Ottney moved his family to Michigan because it wasn’t a right-to-work state.  He said he is now worried for his family’s future in Michigan.

“We just walked in the (Romney) building and asked to see him (Governor Rick Snyder).  They sent down a representative who basically said they can take any questions to the governor but we were not able to get an audience with him today.”

Ottney said he’s not sure if the governor will listen at this point.

“Honestly no, probably not,” said Ottney.  “I think the mind was made up probably for a long time.”

The house and senate are scheduled to meet again on Tuesday.  In order for the right-to-work bill to become law, the house and senate must pass a single piece of legislation before the governor gets a chance to sign it into law.