Booher votes for passage of freedom-to-choose bills

LANSING—The Michigan Senate on Thursday helped make the state more competitive for jobs and attractive to job creators by approving freedom-to-choose legislation, said Sen. Darwin Booher.

“Workplace fairness is about helping everyone in Michigan, because when our economy thrives, everyone benefits,” said Booher, R-Evart. “Freedom-to-choose has proven effective in creating jobs in many states for decades. Workplace fairness states have more job growth, higher wage increases and are more attractive to business than those states without worker fairness.

“Freedom-to-choose means a Michigan with more jobs, vigorous economic growth and workers who will be able to choose for themselves what they want to do with their hard-earned dollars.”

Michigan will become the 24th state to pass freedom-to-choose legislation. Indiana became the 23rd state in February. Since that time, nearly 100 businesses have told Indiana officials that the workplace fairness law will factor into their decision on where to locate projects.

“We achieved significant strides during the last two years to make our state competitive for new jobs, and workplace fairness sets the framework for long-term economic success in Michigan,” Booher said. “Making Michigan a freedom-to-choose state will help us continue building a strong economy that will allow our children and grandchildren to be able to live, work and raise a family in Michigan. It will attract new well-paying jobs for hard-working middle class families, and that is why I am proud to help bring workplace fairness to Michigan.”

According to an analysis of data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis and Bureau of Labor Statistics, freedom-to-choose states have higher average wage increases and greater growth in total employment than non-worker-fairness states.

“This is not about collective bargaining; it is about ensuring that every Michigan worker has the freedom to choose if they want to join a union or not,” Booher said. “Freedom-to-choose will protect the rights of every worker in every workplace. It’s the right thing to do for our economy, our children and hard-working middle-class families.”