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Dec 7

Transit Union: Michigan Legislature subverts democracy in attack on unions

Media Contacts: David Roscow, 202-537-1645 x 254

Washington, DC- Larry Hanley, international president of the Amalgamated Transit, released the following statement in response to last night’s passage of right-to-work legislation by the Michigan State legislature:

“The passage of right-to-work bills under cloak of legislative darkness in the Michigan state legislature last night was not only an attack on working families, but an assault on democracy itself,” says Larry Hanley, international president of the Amalgamated Transit Union.

“This underhanded, hit and run lawmaking shoved through the Michigan statehouse last night without public hearing or reasonable debate is a new low in the history of representative government,” Hanley continued.  “Yet, we should not be surprised that the ALEC-driven slash and burn campaign to destroy labor unions in the United States continues unabated on the state level.”

"The cleverness of the Republican legislators in passing the anti-union rules as amendments to budget bills that cannot be repealed by referendum is exceeded only by the greed of their corporate sponsors,” Hanley asserted.

“And the arrogance of the Gov. Rick Snyder who dismissed the significance of the legislation by saying that it only affected 20 percent of his state’s population is breathtaking,” Hanley said.

“The ATU will be doing everything they can to stop final passage of this insidious legislation on Tuesday,” Hanley promised, “and the governor and all of the legislators who enabled this travesty will be held accountable.”

About the ATU   

The Amalgamated Transit Union is the largest labor organization representing transit workers in the United States and Canada. Founded in 1892, the ATU today is comprised of over 190,000 members in 264 local unions spread across 44 states and nine provinces, including 3,000 workers at Greyhound Lines, Inc. Composed of bus drivers, light rail operators, maintenance and clerical personnel and other transit and municipal employees, the ATU works to promote transit issues and fights for the interests of its hard-working members.