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                             For Immediate Release
December 12, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today commended Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder for signing a new Right to Work law that will protect all workers in the state from being forced to pay union dues as a requirement of employment. Michigan is the 24th state in the nation to enact a Right to Work law, and similar legislation has been introduced in 12 other states.

“Workers in Michigan have a reason to celebrate because they now have the right to freely decide whether to join a union,” said 2012 ABC National Chairman Eric Regelin, president of Granix, LLC, Ellicott City, Md. “No American should be required to join a labor union just to keep a job, and no resident of Michigan should be forced to pay dues to an organization he or she does not believe in. That is just wrong.

“As in other Right to Work states, Michigan likely will see new businesses moving into the state and creating more jobs,” Regelin said. “Hopefully more lawmakers–strapped with massive budget deficits, falling revenues and stagnant economic growth–will consider a Right to Work law to help turn their economies around.”


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