Right to work for less bill passes in Michigan by Republican majority House

December 11, 2012
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With resounding chants from protesters outside, the Republican-majority Michigan legislature gave the final approval on Tuesday to “right-to-work” restrictions on public sector unions in a state considered a stronghold of organized labor, as protesters chanted in the gallery and thousands rallied outside, according to Reuters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some outlets have reported as many as 12,000 protesters attending to protest the divisive bill. Now it heads to Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out the odds over whether he will sign it or not. The final vote was 58-52.

The Michigan House passed right-to-work legislation. The bill now heads to Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk in his office, in the George W. Romney Building — that building was named after Mitt Romney’s father, who worked with unions instead of against them. Whether you as a reader support right-to-work states or not, is not at issue. The tactics are the issue. Snyder was deceptive and his motives are transparent. 

Republicans are the worst losers; if they are defeated, instead of changing their tactics or platform, they erase the opposition. I wonder what Martin Luther King would have to say right now, or Ronald Reagan? How about George Romney.

Governor Snyder, you are the new Scott Walker. 

Image: Detroit Free Press 

 

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  • Marcus Webster

    Way to go Michigan!! About time!

    • That Guy

      Yeah! These extreme power grabs worked out so well for you during the Presidential election. Keep it up GOP!

  • Thinker

    All this law does is not force people to join a union. If unions are so wonderful, there shouldn’t be a problem, right?

    • Gov Snyder’s good twin

      RTA again. It’s not whether you agree with union membership or not. It’s how he did it.

      • Hank

        So, are you saying it doesn’t matter if it’s good legislation or bad? Or that it doesn’t matter that it was put to vote and the majority of people supported this?

        • http://twitter.com/Anomaly100 Anomaly One Hundred

          It’s modeled verbatim from the ALEC model. The motives are suspect and the culpable party is not the middle class. The tactics were shoveled out of a pile of Koch soaked partisan propaganda. This is not good for the economy, nor is it good for the morale in Michigan.

          http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/2012/12/11/chart-michigans-right-to-work-law-contains-verbatim-language-from-alec-model-bill/

          • Hank

            Ooooooooo…..the Koch boogie man again??? Those guys really get around!! Do you disagree that onerous Union participation is a negative concern in a company’s decision on where to locate their business??

            • http://twitter.com/Anomaly100 Anomaly One Hundred

              Yes they do get around! I’m so glad we agree on something of a political nature. When not talking politics, you and I get along quite well. But this is politics so I’ll bite.

              I don’t know about ‘onerous’ but I’ll reply to the other part of your comment. Unions keep the disparity between the classes from dissolving. As for businesses, the only ones that would target moving to a so-called ‘right to work’ state would be if they want to pay less for labor — some if not most of that labor will not be skilled labor. Discrimination will be rampant once again. Of course, unions need reforming to a degree, but what is happening with Koch owned politicians is a power grab. It’s not about what’s right. It’s not about the economy.

              • Hank

                I disagree. The Unions have outlived their use. There are more than enough government regulations and regulatory agencies in place now to ensure things like workplace safety. Competition will keep wages and benefits in order. Why pay redundant dues to Unions to do what we pay the Government taxes to do?? The main thing here is a worker should be free to choose whether or not they want to join a Union. Let the Unions stand on their own merit and convince workers of their worth. Right now, it doesn’t work that way. They are a bunch of thugs that terrorize companies and employees to get their way.

                Oh!! And I’m waiting for your piece deploring the Union Violence in Michigan!! ;-)

                • http://twitter.com/Anomaly100 Anomaly One Hundred

                  The made up union violence? Yes, I should write a scathing piece on that mythical violence. While I’m at it, I’m going to do one on the Easter Bunny too. That bitch has been causing trouble!;-)

                  Economists would disagree with your opinion, by the way.

                  • Hank
                    • http://twitter.com/Anomaly100 Anomaly One Hundred

                      You’re a funny man Hank. By funny, I mean gullible. That’s another Breitbarted film. The guy in the tent had a gun. What you can believe: Unedited films.

                    • Hank

                      Maybe this one suits you better?

                      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/11/stephen-crowder-punched-michigan-right-to-work-protests_n_2279609.html

                      There is absolutely nothing to suggest (that I have seen so far) anyone in the tent had a gun, other than some Union Thug/Terrorist yelling someone has a gun. The same guy yelling he kills people with guns!!

                      The one thing that is unquestionable is the destruction of property and assault of individuals by Union Thugs. Why can’t you just say so and denounce that kind of activity?? These thugs went inside the tent with box cutters, reportedly wear masks, and started slashing the tent. You don’t have to be Fellini to figure out how terribly wrong that could have went!!

                      I like you. I respect you and your opinion. (And I love your new blog format!!) Why can’t you just step up to the plate and say this is wrong?? Why try to deflect and defend it with “Koch” this or that or “Breitbarted” nonsense? Why can’t you just state unequivocally that this is just simply wrong?

                      My Gosh!! An image of a target on a map is the source of Left/Liberal outrage. But people being attacked physically and with box cutters is excused??

                    • http://twitter.com/Anomaly100 Anomaly One Hundred

                      “Why try to deflect and defend it with “Koch” this or that or “Breitbarted” nonsense? Why can’t you just state unequivocally that this is just simply wrong?”

                      It’s not deflection. It’s observation. Big difference my friend. I abhor violence, which is why I do not condone war mongers like some people do (ahem). AFP paid people to go to this protest. Ask yourself why.

                      “And I love your new blog format!!”

                      Blame @ComgenKDT & @Drjilana – both who may or may not be spies. I’m not at liberty to say:-)

                    • Hank

                      I give. However, I’ll be looking forward to your post “abhorring” this senseless violence on the part of Union Thugs.

                      “AFP paid people to go to this protest. Ask yourself why.”

                      Same reason the Union hires NON Union people to walk their protest lines?? Maybe??

                      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqm5RRBCmiw

                    • http://twitter.com/Anomaly100 Anomaly One Hundred

                      I see a compromise in sight. Are you ready? You’re gonna love it! Get rid of Citizens United and we’ll be even. No union b.s., no corporate b.s.

    • Hank

      Oh My God NO!!!!!! You can’t mean that!!!! I’m sure they are running around killing puppies and eating babies!!!!!!!

      • http://twitter.com/Anomaly100 Anomaly One Hundred

        I heard it was innocent kittens.

        • Hank

          Have you ever smelled a litter box?? There is no such thing as an “innocent” kitten!!

          • http://twitter.com/Anomaly100 Anomaly One Hundred

            Yes yes I have. I will be cleaning one shortly. My katz look mad.

      • http://twitter.com/Anomaly100 Anomaly One Hundred

        So you admit that I’m right that it was kittehs. Good to know!;-)

        • Hank

          Meow……er…..I mean….Sure!!! :-)

          • http://twitter.com/Anomaly100 Anomaly One Hundred

            I like kittehs!

  • http://gplus.to/novenator novenator

    Conservatives must hate working folks if they support this draconian
    legislation. Of course they also support the “Emergency Managers” in
    Michigan, and they are literally tyrannical overlords that can fire elected officials and destroy contracts with workers.

    This war on the American worker must be remembered. Never trust a con!

    • Hank

      Kinda like President Obama destroyed secured contracts with GM’s creditors? Leaving many of them broke and holding an empty bag? You guys are very selectively indignant!!

      • http://gplus.to/novenator novenator

        You’re just making stuff up now Hank.

        • Hank

          Well….in that I recognize you as quite the expert on making things up, I had to lend greater weight to this comment than I normally do most of your written flatulence. And that’s what’s good about a “dialogue”. I discovered I had made an error. It was Chrysler’s secured creditors that were left holding the bag in this stench of a political arrangement which essentially rewarded the Unions, largely responsible for the financial difficulties of these companies, with majority ownership of the companies they destroyed. But they did try, if that means anything to you.

          http://www.nationalaffairs.com/publications/detail/the-auto-bailout-and-the-rule-of-law

          “General Motors, too, had issued secured debt during its years of financial turmoil, but these bonds made up a far smaller fraction of the company’s total outstanding debt. And in striking contrast with the Chrysler case, General Motors’s bankruptcy plan left the secured creditors intact, paying them the full value of their claims. From the perspective of bankruptcy law and contract rights, this development was encouraging: The Obama administration did not seek to plunder GM’s secured creditors as it had Chrysler’s. From the perspective of the rule of law, however, this differential treatment might have been even more troubling.”

          • http://gplus.to/novenator novenator

            What a load of crap

            • Hank

              Thank you for the intelligent, articulate and responsive reply. I see you haven’t changed at all.

              • http://gplus.to/novenator novenator

                Do I know you? I hope not, because you’re clearly full of it.

                • Hank

                  You’re funny. Pathetic….but funny. Honestly, if you can’t refrain from sophomoric one liners, why bother to say anything at all?? What I said was essentially correct. I substantiated it and corrected a mistake. You call me names and act like some little 6 year old kid. Very typical of liberals. Very typical of your history. Have a great day. I’ll be anticipating your dreaded, “I know you are but what am I.” retort in defense.

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