Senator Debbie Stabenow, a Democrat from Michigan, encouraged folks to "keep fighting!" after her side lost the labor dispute that will now give union members the right-to-work.
"This is not the end of our work!," Stabenow wrote in a Facebook post. "The fight for the future of our middle-class families is more important than ever. Thank you to all of the people who came out today to make your voices heard – keep speaking out and keep fighting!"
Stabenow has openly expressed her opposition to the reforms. “Right now under collective bargaining agreements, whether you join the union or not, if you benefit from collective bargaining, you contribute,” Stabenow told Roll Call. “This would say you could benefit, but you wouldn’t have to contribute, so this is all about undercutting labor [and] the resources that they have.”
The Michigan senator also said, “This is the most blatant partisan power grab that we have seen in Michigan in a long time. ... “In a world where the Supreme Court has said that corporations can give unlimited secret money, and then on the other side you have workers who contribute through their unions ... this is another power grab by the Republican party.”