Skip to comments.UPDATED: Unions Furious: Michigan to Become Right-to-Work State Today
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.
Gonna be some heavy security in Ann Arbor for a while. Rick Snyder lives there.
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.
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*
video of the feral mob tearing down the tent:
Looks like the typical union losers stereotype.
Grizzly, overweight, and full of themselves.
Union thugs can be counted on to be violent.
That's the Democrat's core constituency: violent thugs.
I would encourage you to follow up with your friend—Freeprland would love some pics of this fat@ss getting maced.
Forget the Feds. its the states where we can make things happen!
Agreed, but eventual and decisive confrontation between the states and the feds is inevitable.
I bet many haven't grown up much from High School....
High School gear heads are drinkers, not stoners.
Damn it, why should a worker be FREE TO CHOOSE whether he joins a union??? < \idiot union thug>
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.
Depends upon the school and the various strata of the teen sub-groups but point taken... But they still probably haven’t grown up...
“Lawsuits and recalls to follow.”
I wonder how much more they can pour into this state. Losing this bastion has really made them mad.
It also happened in Texas in 2003 over the vote to approve redistricting.
Sign it and notify the national guard to be on standby.
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!
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