WASHINGTON -- While one of Michigan's biggest industries remains silent in public on the debate over so-called right-to-work legislation, privately they are worried about the impact it will have on its workforce, according to one of the figures closest to the automotive industry.
The Big Three automakers that fueled Detroit's growth -- Ford, General Motors and Chrysler -- are all maintaining a stance of "public neutrality," according to Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), the auto industry's strongest ally in Congress.
"Although the Big 3 are maintaining public neutrality, they continue to highlight that this is a divisive issue and they are focused on other priorities that would promote Michigan's competitiveness at this critical time and support jobs and economic growth," said Dingell in a statement to The Huffington Post.
But in an interview on MSNBC on Tuesday, Dingell's wife, Debbie, said they were "privately and quietly" concerned about the legislation. Debbie is a consultant to the American Automobile Policy Council.