Snyder calls right-to-work legislation "pro-worker," says he plans to sign it quickly

LANSING (WXYZ) - Governor Rick Snyder, Majority Leader Randy Richardville and Speaker Jase Bolger held a news conference Thursday to discuss the right-to-work legislation.

Snyder repeatedly referred to the Workplace Fairness and Equality Act as "pro-worker," saying when then legislation arrives on his desk he plans to sign it quickly.

"We should not let this fester. Let's move forward, let's get answers so we can get things done," he said.

The news conference came as opponents gathered outside the capitol in protest and just a day after union members filled the rotunda chanting, "We are Michigan." Opponents believe the laws to be anti-union.

UAW President Bob King who was at the Capitol Wednesday says, "Right-to-work means lower wages and it is not good for Michigan workers." King says he believes if legislation is introduced, the Governor should veto it. "That would help bring Michigan back," says King.

VIDEO: Union workers gather inside capitol to protest right-to-work legislation

Snyder however disagrees, saying the legislation is about "taking care of hardworking Michigan workers," and that he did not see the right-to-work legislation as anti-union.

He also said the laws would affect less than 20% of Michigan workers.

The governor referenced Indiana's transition to a 'right-to-work' state in February saying, "It significantly increased business activity. Businesses [now] want to expand and grow in the state of Indiana."

"We still have a big hole to get out of," Snyder said in reference to Michigan's loss of 750,000 jobs between 2001 and 2010.

"It's time to step up and make some decisions."

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