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OTTAWA — The federal opposition parties are warning that so-called “right-to-work” legislation that has passed in Michigan could soon come to Canada.
Thousands of people in that state protested Tuesday as the first of two laws designed to weaken union power passed in Michigan’s Republican-dominated House of Representatives.
Opponents of the law, including U.S. President Barack Obama, say the law only gives workers the right to work for less pay.
Unions already provide this information to their members through financial audits, reports, and regular membership meetings
As 1 of 24 states with right-to-work laws, Michigan will prohibit requiring nonunion employees to pay unions for negotiating contracts, representing them in grievances and other services.
Supporters say the laws give workers freedom of association and promote job creation, while critics insist the real intent is to drain unions of funds need to bargain effectively.
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