Right to Work Law Takes Effect Today; Historic Change for Michigan

Posted at 7:48 AM, Mar 28, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-28 07:48:52-04

LANSING, Mich. —  Today, Governor Rick Snyder’s controversial Right-to-Work law went into effect, marking a historic change for the state of Michigan, and as the law takes effect, protestors plan to gather tonight for a candlelight vigil.

Last December, thousands of protestors and members of the media gathered in Lansing as the legislature moved forward with the plan that made Michigan the 24th Right-to-Work state.

Proponents of the law say that it will make things better for employees. They say workers won’t have to join a union just to get certain jobs. However, those who oppose the law say that workers who don’t unionize will get the same benefits without paying, what opponents consider, their fair share.

Sean Egan, a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers tells FOX 17 that he won’t feel the effects of Right-to-Work for a few years, when the new contracts are negotiated.

The vigil starts at 5 p.m. and runs until 7p.m. at Rosa Parks Circle.