Earlier Tuesday, the Michigan Legislature passed right-to-work legislation in a 58-51 vote.

Alexander applauded Michigan’s decision, saying it actually gives workers more rights.

“The president said Michigan lawmakers shouldn’t be taking away workers' rights ... but it’s actually giving them a new right — the right not to pay union dues,” Alexander said. “The president also said these right-to-work laws have nothing to do with economics and everything to do with politics. He couldn’t be more wrong.”

Alexander said 24 other states have right-to-work laws, including his home state of Tennessee. He also said he wished Obama had stayed in Washington to work on the fiscal cliff rather than flying to Michigan.

“I wish he would have worked on fiscal cliff and not been in Michigan telling lawmakers not to allow workers rights to not paying union dues,” Alexander said.