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UPDATED: Unions Furious: Michigan to Become Right-to-Work State Today
Townhall.com ^ | December 11, 2012 | Katie Pavlich

Posted on 12/11/2012 9:41:12 AM PST by jazusamo

UPDATE 12:15 pm EST: The Republican controlled legislature has passed the right-to-work legislation 58-51. Michigan Governor Snyder is expected to sign the bill into law later today.

The vote to turn Michigan into a right-to-work state will take place today after days of protests in Lansing about the pro-worker legislation that prevents having to pay dues to a union. Not surprisingly, local police are bracing for possible violence today as more protests are planned.

Even with the outcome considered a foregone conclusion, the heated battle over right-to-work legislation in the traditional union bastion of Michigan shows no sign of cooling.

Authorities in Lansing were bracing for an onslaught of demonstrators Tuesday at the Michigan Capitol as the Legislature reconvenes for what could be final votes on bills. Hundreds of people gathered early Tuesday to get inside.

Yesterday while in Michigan campaigning for his new $1.6 trillion tax increase, President Obama slammed right-to-work states all over the country, saying legislation on the table in Lansing isn't about economics but about attacking unions.

"These so-called right-to-work laws, they don't have anything to do with economics, they have everything to do with politics," Obama told cheering workers Monday during a visit to an engine plant in Redford, Mich. "What they're really talking about is giving you the right to work for less money."

Schools have also been closed so teachers can go protest today because afterall, "it's all about the kids."

At least two Michigan school districts have announced plans to cancel classes Tuesday – the same day some teachers and other union protesters are expected to converge at the state Capitol to protest right-to-work legislation.

Warren Consolidated Schools in southeast Michigan is canceling school “due to the number of staff who has notified us that they will be absent” Tuesday, according to a letter from Superintendent Robert Livernois posted on the district website.

Let's not forget that President Obama refused to comment when his former chief of staff and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel failed to give protesting unionized teachers exactly what they wanted. Apparently his criticism only applies to Republicans.

Before this week, the last time the Chicago Teachers Union went on strike was September 8, 1987. It lasted until October 3, during which officials, teachers and parents clashed in the city's longest teachers strike ever. After it ended, I called the Chicago school system the worst in the country.

President Obama has been noticeably silent. He shouldn't be. The nation deserves to know whether his allegiances lie with his political allies in the public sector unions or with Emanuel and Duncan. This power struggle will reveal much about the constitution of the modern Democratic Party.

If the legislation in Michigan passed and singed into law by Republican Governor Richard Snyder, the Wolverine State will become the 24th in the country to have a right-to-work law on the books.

UPDATE: Much like Wisconsin in 2011, out of state union workers are being bused in to help storm the capitol.

Michigan is getting bombarded by out-of-state union activists, including protestors from Wisconsin. They're expecting union protestors from Ohio and elsewhere, too.

Look for a surge in notes from doctors practicing near the state capitol for union members skipping work on Tuesday.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: 2012; arth; biglabor; braking; criminals; democrats; michigan; nounions2012; righttowork; righttoworkstate; thugs; unioncorruption; unions; unionthugs; unionviolence
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To: CityCenter

When I campaign for President, I pledge to return AT LEAST 90% of power back to the states. I’ll provide funding for interstate commerce and national military ONLY.

Thank you.


51 posted on 12/11/2012 10:40:23 AM PST by Hammerhead
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Hell nite in december..u watch


52 posted on 12/11/2012 10:41:16 AM PST by angelcindy ("If you follow the crowd ,you get no further than the crowd!")
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To: Numbers Guy
There was a parliamentary maneuver by the GOP to reconsider the vote, which means it will not go to the Governor until tomorrow, but the bill has been adopted in the same form as the Senate, so it will go to the Governor tomorrow.

So the circus is in town until tomorrow?

53 posted on 12/11/2012 10:41:20 AM PST by COBOL2Java (GOPe: Already prepping for their 2016 loss - Jeb Bush!)
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To: jazusamo

In all this hubbub, the legislature is also to pass at least one gun freedom law as well.

http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2012/11/michigan_gun_law_changes.html


54 posted on 12/11/2012 10:42:42 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Pennies and Nickels will NO LONGER be Minted as of 1/1/13 - Tim Geithner, US Treasury Sect)
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To: cripplecreek; Numbers Guy

Thank you both for the info.


55 posted on 12/11/2012 10:45:32 AM PST by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: angelcindy
Can't tell if he's breaking out into a thrilling rendition of "Look for the Union Label" or AC/DC's "Back in Black"...


56 posted on 12/11/2012 10:46:43 AM PST by COBOL2Java (GOPe: Already prepping for their 2016 loss - Jeb Bush!)
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To: Numbers Guy

WHOO-HOO! Right to Work passes in MI, to be on Gov’s desk by tomorrow!


57 posted on 12/11/2012 10:48:16 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: jazusamo

Good news -— will lead to somebody spilling blood somewhere though.


58 posted on 12/11/2012 10:50:28 AM PST by wtc911 (Amigo - you've been had.)
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To: jazusamo

After the protests, everyone will join hands and sing a rousing version of The Internationale, led by President Obama.


59 posted on 12/11/2012 10:50:37 AM PST by GSWarrior (Click HERE to read entire tagline.)
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To: cripplecreek

Crazed Union Member Screams At Camera ‘Leave Us Alone Or We’re Coming For You’


Yeah, the civility of the left is on full display.


60 posted on 12/11/2012 10:51:00 AM PST by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: PapaBear3625

Gonna be some heavy security in Ann Arbor for a while. Rick Snyder lives there.


61 posted on 12/11/2012 10:54:21 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: rintense
Just heard from a friend that police pepper sprayed Michael Moore!

Good thing they didn't pepper spray the guy next to him. Moore is always looking for his next meal and carries his own salt.

62 posted on 12/11/2012 10:57:43 AM PST by Starstruck (Washinton is presently building a diving board on the fiscal cliff)
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To: Hotlanta Mike
| "Yeah, the civility of the left is on full display."

Frankly, it's the passive civility (read that as: 'respectful, law-abiding nature') of our side that has emboldened the Left to do everything they have to take away our rights, ignore the Constitution, and spend us into a government-bulging oblivion.

Was hoping to see some fire from our side to at the very least cut off the head of the snake in November. *sigh*

63 posted on 12/11/2012 10:59:31 AM PST by alancarp (Liberals: making promises that no one's wallet can keep,)
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To: jazusamo

video of the feral mob tearing down the tent:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=GtbWbw66KrI


64 posted on 12/11/2012 11:00:18 AM PST by RedWhiteBlue (Mama tried)
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To: COBOL2Java

Looks like the typical union losers stereotype.

Grizzly, overweight, and full of themselves.


65 posted on 12/11/2012 11:01:12 AM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: jazusamo
"Not surprisingly, local police are bracing for possible violence today as more protests are planned."

Union thugs can be counted on to be violent.

That's the Democrat's core constituency: violent thugs.

66 posted on 12/11/2012 11:02:40 AM PST by Uncle Miltie (BOHICA eGOP!)
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To: rintense

I would encourage you to follow up with your friend—Freeprland would love some pics of this fat@ss getting maced.


67 posted on 12/11/2012 11:04:06 AM PST by patriotsblood
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To: CityCenter

Forget the Feds. it’s the states where we can make things happen!

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Agreed, but eventual and decisive confrontation between the states and the feds is inevitable.


68 posted on 12/11/2012 11:09:08 AM PST by Psalm 144 (Not so "commanding", not so "inevitable".)
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To: COBOL2Java
How many of these folks were the stoners in high school that built the greasy wanna-be muscle cars that didn't run worth a chit because they didn't know what they were doing.

I bet many haven't grown up much from High School....

69 posted on 12/11/2012 11:12:40 AM PST by taildragger (( Tighten the 5 point harness and brace for Impact Freepers, ya know it's coming..... ))
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To: taildragger
How many of these folks were the stoners in high school that built the greasy wanna-be muscle cars that didn't run worth a chit because they didn't know what they were doing.

High School gear heads are drinkers, not stoners.

70 posted on 12/11/2012 11:18:33 AM PST by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: jazusamo

Damn it, why should a worker be FREE TO CHOOSE whether he joins a union??? < \idiot union thug>


71 posted on 12/11/2012 11:19:10 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: jazusamo

I can only imagine how mighty America will again become when every state tosses out the tyranny of unionism. Let freedom ring! Labor unions are the new slavemasters. The chokehold of Big Labor has destroyed town after town and region after region with oppressive regulations, archaic workrules and grossly-inflated wages.

72 posted on 12/11/2012 11:21:04 AM PST by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: central_va

Depends upon the school and the various strata of the teen sub-groups but point taken... But they still probably haven’t grown up...


73 posted on 12/11/2012 11:21:18 AM PST by taildragger (( Tighten the 5 point harness and brace for Impact Freepers, ya know it's coming..... ))
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To: jazusamo
Following the reforms in Wisconsin it’s been reported that unions there lost half to two-thirds of their members in the first year. Based on Michigan unions having around 650k members on the rolls this equates to somewhere around 150 million annual in lost dues. It will be interesting to see what effect this will have on state politics.
74 posted on 12/11/2012 11:21:29 AM PST by Roland
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To: EQAndyBuzz

“Lawsuits and recalls to follow.”

I wonder how much more they can pour into this state. Losing this bastion has really made them mad.


75 posted on 12/11/2012 11:29:01 AM PST by Psalm 144 (Not so "commanding", not so "inevitable".)
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To: Lou L
I wondered about that too, as we saw that happen in both Wisconsin and Indiana.

It also happened in Texas in 2003 over the vote to approve redistricting.

-PJ

76 posted on 12/11/2012 11:29:01 AM PST by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: Roland
Yes, it will be interesting to see. It's bound to have some political effect and of course less funds going into the thug leaders pockets. Both the Dems and thug unions are livid and that's a very good thing, let em stew.
77 posted on 12/11/2012 11:29:36 AM PST by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
The price of a union card just decreased in value.

5.56mm

78 posted on 12/11/2012 11:30:46 AM PST by M Kehoe
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To: cripplecreek

Sign it and notify the national guard to be on standby.


79 posted on 12/11/2012 11:34:45 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: donozark

Then Segway Boy (as he’s known in Wisconsin) made the trip to Michigan? Great! Was he wearing his dress? This professional protest dingbat deserves to get a hoof or two upside his lice-ridden hippie head. Love it!


80 posted on 12/11/2012 11:47:59 AM PST by februus
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To: re_nortex

Today is a great day for conservative America. We must continue to bring the fight to the union thugs as they assault our conservative brothers and sisters like they did today when they ripped down the Americans for Prosperity tent.

Stossel is one of the Fox News commentators who has constantly attacked the unions, even going back to his ABC days.

The unions are liars and thugs, and always have been.
When Capone couldn’t profit off of bootlegging when prohibition was lifted, he shifted his focus to the unions.

They claim they are responsible for the 40 hr work week, but Henry Ford voluntarily implemented the 8 hr days in order to increase productivity and morale.

Unions were also responsible for the Occupy Wall Street fiasco according the Occupy Unmasked movie. The movie shows emails between union reps and the media in their attempt to manufacture the “spontaneous” event.


81 posted on 12/11/2012 12:00:08 PM PST by HawkHogan
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To: jazusamo

Democrats should get behind this freedom of choice initiative.


82 posted on 12/11/2012 12:08:50 PM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: Jacquerie

Unions have had their way for far too long. Keep the momentum going.


83 posted on 12/11/2012 12:17:49 PM PST by sarasota
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To: IamConservative

They are threatened with violence; therefore they HAVE to support them. Criminal behavior rules unions.


84 posted on 12/11/2012 12:20:01 PM PST by sarasota
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To: HawkHogan
The unions are liars and thugs, and always have been.

That is so very true. The early history of unionism in America is intertwined with international Marxism. Evil men such as Eugene V. Debs, Samuel Gompers and "Bill Bill" Haywood set the stage for the current flock of goons such as Richard Trumpka, Andrew Stern and the particularly despicable James Hoffa.

The whole premise of Big Labor is anti-freedom, opposing individual liberty and self-initiative. When unions gain power, entire communities and regions are destroyed. Witness what lies in the wake of what Big Labor has done to my hometown of Pittsburgh. Once the arsenal of the world with a vibrant industrial base, the tri-state region is but a shadow of what it was before the corrupt power of the UMW, USWA and other union rackets brought forth their maniacal devastation.

85 posted on 12/11/2012 12:22:24 PM PST by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

“Only 7% of Detroit 8th Graders Proficient in Reading...”

Anyone who can read can teach another person to read.

It is not difficult, unless the pupil has a serious mental problem.

I could teach those kids in ten minutes a day. What are there parents doing???????


86 posted on 12/11/2012 1:00:13 PM PST by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: Persevero

Ha ha, I meant “their,” yes, I know my homonyms.


87 posted on 12/11/2012 1:00:57 PM PST by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: Persevero

Perhaps the agenda IS illiteracy.


88 posted on 12/11/2012 1:03:33 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: re_nortex

Change Michigan to blue on your map!


89 posted on 12/11/2012 1:03:35 PM PST by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: rintense
Just heard from a friend that police pepper sprayed Michael Moore!

Didn't know that was available in 50 gallon drums...

the infowarrior

90 posted on 12/11/2012 1:06:59 PM PST by infowarrior
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To: Persevero
Change Michigan to blue on your map!

In this case, that's the right kind of blue. Let freedom ring! The modern day slavery of unionism is being crushed by Patriots who love liberty. If, let's say, California becomes Right to Work, can you imagine the reaction of the Big Labor racketeers?

91 posted on 12/11/2012 1:07:42 PM PST by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: re_nortex
"my hometown of Pittsburgh" Went to W&J in Wash, Pa. during the 1960's. Jones & Laughlin on the Monongahela waterfront was going full bore 24/7.

If I remember correctly that plant was 7 miles from coke ovens to rolling mills along that big old river.Heck of a sight at night.

Can't get used to blue skies over P-Burgh.

Two questions:

1. Are they still making Iron City Beer?

Did they ever find the B-25 that had to pancake in the Mon after running out of gas?

92 posted on 12/11/2012 1:22:37 PM PST by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: jazusamo; 2Jedismom; 6amgelsmama; AAABEST; aberaussie; AccountantMom; Aggie Mama; agrace; ...

ANOTHER REASON TO HOMESCHOOL

This ping list is for the “other” articles of interest to homeschoolers about education and public school. This can occasionally be a fairly high volume list. Articles pinged to the Another Reason to Homeschool List will be given the keyword of ARTH. (If I remember. If I forget, please feel free to add it yourself)

The main Homeschool Ping List handles the homeschool-specific articles. I hold both the Homeschool Ping List and the Another Reason to Homeschool Ping list. Please freepmail me to let me know if you would like to be added to or removed from either list, or both.

93 posted on 12/11/2012 1:27:04 PM PST by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: jazusamo; 2Jedismom; 6amgelsmama; AAABEST; aberaussie; AccountantMom; Aggie Mama; agrace; ...

ANOTHER REASON TO HOMESCHOOL

This ping list is for the “other” articles of interest to homeschoolers about education and public school. This can occasionally be a fairly high volume list. Articles pinged to the Another Reason to Homeschool List will be given the keyword of ARTH. (If I remember. If I forget, please feel free to add it yourself)

The main Homeschool Ping List handles the homeschool-specific articles. I hold both the Homeschool Ping List and the Another Reason to Homeschool Ping list. Please freepmail me to let me know if you would like to be added to or removed from either list, or both.

94 posted on 12/11/2012 1:28:06 PM PST by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: Jimmy Valentine

Is there a list of union companies to boycott? We already don’t by GM or other union car companies. But I want to know which other companies my family no longer needs to do business with. Thanks


95 posted on 12/11/2012 1:28:09 PM PST by 1scrappymom (No, I am not a Republican. I am a CONSERVATIVE.)
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To: central_va

“In a sane republic every red state, and some blue states, should be in a state of political mutiny right now. Governors should be holding meetings on fighting tyranny. States should form alliances etc.”

Very interesting that you mentioned states “forming alliances” between them.

Here’s another post in a different thread I put up today:
http://freerepublic.com/focus/news/2967638/posts?page=25#25


96 posted on 12/11/2012 1:30:08 PM PST by Road Glide
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To: max americana

But this is BIG. This is a state that has been ruined by the unions finally stepping up and telling them NO. But the unions have seized a great deal of political power of late, despite their declining memberships. It will be interesting to see how the empire strikes back.


97 posted on 12/11/2012 1:31:56 PM PST by ichabod1 (Spriiingtime for islam, and tyranny. Winter for US and frieeends. . .)
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To: jazusamo
Lest we forget, the wrongly-sainted "Reverend Doctor" Martin Marxist Luther King, Junior was far from the freedom fighter that the lamestream media glorifies:

“In our glorious fight for civil rights, we must guard against being fooled by false slogans, such as ‘right to work.’ It is a law to rob us of our civil rights and job rights. Its purpose is to destroy labor unions and the freedom of collective bargaining by which unions have improved wages and working conditions of everyone. Wherever these laws have been passed, wages are lower, job opportunities are fewer and there are no civil rights. We do not intend to let them do this to us. We demand this fraud be stopped. Our weapon is our vote.”

— Martin Luther King, speaking about right-to-work laws in 1961.

Of course, among the last things that King did was lead a protest on behalf of union thugs in Memphis back in 1968. MLK, a Republican? Maybe. MLK, a Conservative. NO WAY! Is there any doubt that he'd be beside Michael Moore and other radical leftist goons in a show of "solidarity" today in Michigan?

As a lover of liberty, his holiday is one I have never and will never celebrate.

98 posted on 12/11/2012 1:33:07 PM PST by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: HawkHogan
The movie shows emails between union reps and the media in their attempt to manufacture the “spontaneous” event.

That explains why Obama inexplicably championed the obviously doomed-to-spiral-into-chaos-and-apathy OWS "movement."

99 posted on 12/11/2012 1:33:14 PM PST by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: re_nortex

In Occupy Unmasked, they discuss how Saul Alinsky got involved in the labor unions as well. They worked side by the side with communists, socialists, and anarchists and dumb college kids during Occupy Wall Street. One scene in Occupy Unmasked show the union lead the charge to Bank of America, and then stop and direct the college kids into the bank. The college kids all got arrested, while the union stooges stood outside. One of the college girls holding a union sign was asked what it meant, and she had no idea.

I watched the movie with my little brother, who didn’t really have an opinion on unions one way or another. He’s now vehemently against unions.


100 posted on 12/11/2012 1:34:13 PM PST by HawkHogan
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