President Barack Obama came to the Daimler Detroit Diesel Plant today, in part to announce that the German automaker Daimler is investing $120 million in the plant to create 115 new high-paying union jobs.
While there, he took on the elephant in the room: the sudden push by right-wing politicians and their wealthy donors to make Michigan into a “right to work” state.
President Obama railed against right-to-work laws Republicans are currently trying to pass in Michigan, arguing that they constitute a “race to the bottom,” during a speech in Redford, Michigan Monday.
Right-to-work laws are “giving you the right to work for less money,” Obama said in his speech at the Daimler Detroit Diesel Plant.
“What we shouldn’t be doing is try to take away your rights to bargain for better wages or working conditions,” he said, arguing for the need for high-skilled, well-payed workers. “We don’t want a race to the bottom. We want a race to the top.”
Another key line from the President: “There’s always going to be some other country that can treat its workers even worse.”