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Bouchard Calls for Michigan to be a Right-To-Work State

Bouchard: “People want to work. Let’s give them the Right to Work”

Oakland County – Mike Bouchard, Republican candidate for governor, on the heels of internal polling numbers showing him tied for first place is set to release his latest television ad, “Guess”, which begins Thursday morning and airs in an aggressive statewide broadcast and cable buy.

“Twenty two states have a right-to-work law and their unemployment rate is around eight-percent. In Michigan it’s 13.6-percent. Companies are going elsewhere and taking their jobs and our kids with them. That has to end,” Bouchard said. “Someone shouldn’t be forced to join a union to get a job.  It’ll be my job as governor to create an environment that fosters job creation and prosperity. One way to do that is making Michigan a Right to Work state.”

“The union bosses and special interests may be upset, and will probably target me, but I’m ready and willing to take on the tough challenges to turn our state around,” Bouchard added.

Today, Bouchard met with local business and community leaders in Grand Rapids who all favored Michigan becoming a Right to Work state. Many cited the threat of unionization as having been injurious to the efforts of our state to compete for job creation and growth. Others praised Mike Bouchard for his leadership and willingness to stand up to the union bosses who have been a hindrance to business growth in Michigan. Bouchard is regarded as a top contender in Michigan’s Republican primary race for Governor and tied for first place with Congressman Hoekstra at 19%, according to internal polling. In Detroit, which comprises nearly half (46%) of the primary electorate, Mike Bouchard has a three-point advantage over the closest opponent (23% to 20%).

“I’ve looked at this issue extensively, spoken with many of the experts on the issue and consulted with several key leaders around the state. With the help and support of several economic experts and prominent leaders across the state, I’ll develop legislation to make Michigan a Right to Work state. If our efforts in the legislature fail, then we will propose a constitutional amendment and will put the issue on the ballot. We need to create jobs for this generation and the next. The time to act is now.” Bouchard concluded.

Script:

Mike Bouchard: Consider this.

Twenty-two states have a right-to-work law.

And guess what, their unemployment is around 8 percent.

Not Michigan.

Now guess where our jobs are going and our kids with them.

Workers shouldn’t be forced to join unions to get a job or have

money from their paychecks fund political action campaigns.

People want to work. Let’s give them the right to work.

You know, some say Michigan’s best days are behind us.

Let’s prove them wrong.

6 Comments to Bouchard Calls for Michigan to be a Right-To-Work State

  1. Ralph Lohrengel's Gravatar Ralph Lohrengel
    July 14, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    Mike, I heartily agree with your right to work position.

  2. July 14, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Mike, for the courage to stand up to the proverbial elephant in the living room. It’s a shame more Michigan Republicans don’t have the fortitude to stand up to these paper tigers. Michigan must change if we are to survive.

  3. Scott Hagerstrom's Gravatar Scott Hagerstrom
    July 14, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    Sheriff Bouchard – Thank you for your courage in advocating to make Michigan a Right to Work state. Making Michigan a Right to Work state is the right thing to do to jump start our economy and bring jobs back. Thank you for not giving into the powerful union bosses that use forced union dues to advocate for increased taxes and increased government bureaucracy. Most importantly it is wrong in a free country to force a someone to join a private 3rd party organization (i.e. union) to keep his/her job. – Scott Hagerstrom, East Lansing, MI

  4. Kevin's Gravatar Kevin
    July 14, 2010 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

    You’re doing great Mike. As a former Michigan Senate staffer from the mid 90′s, I have observed many legislators from both sides of the Isle look up to you with great respect when seeking your advice on legislation. From where I sat, you were one of the most influential senators on the floor. Best of all, you always were a very humble and approachable listener with sound advice coming from a wealth of experience which gained people’s trust.

    Thanks for all you’ve done.

  5. Joe's Gravatar Joe
    July 15, 2010 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    It’s about time someone has a viable idea to help Michigan with its unemploment problem
    I like Mike!

  6. Mike Burkart's Gravatar Mike Burkart
    July 15, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    I never thought I would see this day come, but it appears the silent majority may no longer be silent.

    I really hope you succeed mike. Michigan needs help, and while I doubt this will cure the ills that have festered in this state for a long time, perhaps we will at least not have business leaving the Michigan… Like when a major drug company did about 10 years ago, with their parting shot stating “Michigan is industry hostile”

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