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Michigan Could Become 24th Right-to-Work State
Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/1/2012 | Mackinac Center

Posted on 12/04/2012 11:15:10 AM PST by MichCapCon

MIDLAND — Michigan legislators are now openly discussing the possibility that the Great Lake State could become the 24th right-to-work state in the nation.

“A right-to-work law makes Michigan home again,” said Labor Policy Director F. Vincent Vernuccio. “It means Michigan will be home to more and better jobs for our state, it means Michigan’s children and grandchildren will be able to stay here and not only find jobs, but prosper.”

Extending right-to-work protections to employees in both the private and public sectors means that unions will no longer be able to get a person fired for refusing to financially support them.

“Right-to-work does not affect collective bargaining in any way except to take away unions’ ability to fire workers for not paying them,” Vernuccio added. “It makes unions accountable to their members. Unions will no longer be able to bolster their political power by taking money from people who don’t support their agenda.”

The move comes less than a year after Indiana became a right-to-work state. Since that time, the Hoosier state has added 43,300 jobs, while Michigan has lost 7,300. Indiana’s manufacturing sector added 13,900 new jobs, while Michigan’s lost 4,200. Nationally, the numbers are even more telling. Between 1980 and 2011, total employment in right-to-work states grew 71 percent, while employment in forced unionism states grew just 32 percent. Employment in Michigan grew just 14 percent during that same time.

“Michigan needs jobs with good, competitive benefits and a salary that can support a family,” Vernuccio said. “Over the last decade, inflation-adjusted compensation in right-to-work states grew nearly 12 percent, compared to just 3 percent in forced unionism states.”

There is a major difference in benefits, too.

“According to the National Institute for Labor Relations Research, between 1999 and 2009 the number of people covered by private employer health insurance increased nearly 1 percent in right-to-work states, but fell almost 7 percent in forced unionism states,” Vernuccio added.

“Unions can and do still exist in a right-to-work state,” Vernuccio said. “But people also have a right to say ‘no thank you’ when a union demands money for providing an unwanted service.”


TOPICS: Government
KEYWORDS: michigan; righttowork

1 posted on 12/04/2012 11:15:20 AM PST by MichCapCon
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To: MichCapCon

bump


2 posted on 12/04/2012 11:21:12 AM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: MichCapCon

Would love to see that happen, but hard to believe...in Michigan of all places.....one of the bluest of blue states...and one of the most heavily unionized states in the nation....just about the the LAST place on earth I would have ever thought would embrace right to work legislation.


3 posted on 12/04/2012 11:22:22 AM PST by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: MichCapCon
“But people also have a right to say ‘no thank you’ when a union the federal government demands money for providing an unwanted service.”

Not according to Justice Roberts and Co. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

4 posted on 12/04/2012 11:24:29 AM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Hope and Change has become Attack and Obfuscate.)
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To: MichCapCon

If that happens, union bosses will soon begin appearing on the endangered species list.


5 posted on 12/04/2012 11:25:30 AM PST by Hotlanta Mike (Us and Them...)
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To: MichCapCon
Amazing. Certainly wish those involved in the fight the best of luck! Michigan, of all states. Beats the heck out of me.

Down here in Missouri we can't even get RTW legislation up for a vote!

6 posted on 12/04/2012 11:27:05 AM PST by donozark (The voices inside my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas!)
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To: donozark

Free at last. Free at last. Thank God almighty, you’re free at last.


7 posted on 12/04/2012 11:30:21 AM PST by JCBreckenridge (Texas is a state of mind. - John Steinbeck :))
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To: MichCapCon
I'd love to see Mark Ouimet leave the lame duck session in a blaze of glory after what happened in my district this election. He's got nothing to lose if he votes for RTW.

Unfortunately, the idiots in my district replaced a moderate like Ouimet for a far left dim like Driskell. !@%#!@#.

8 posted on 12/04/2012 11:33:40 AM PST by Darren McCarty (If most people were more than keyboard warriors, we might have won the election)
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To: cripplecreek

Ping.


9 posted on 12/04/2012 11:39:13 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: MichCapCon

This will happens when the moon turns blood red, the ground quakes, the mountains split open and the sky turns evening black at 12 noon.


10 posted on 12/04/2012 11:40:24 AM PST by MachIV
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To: MichCapCon

Pretty hopeful sign!

We would welcome Michigan back to liberty and prosperity!


11 posted on 12/04/2012 11:49:49 AM PST by LucianOfSamasota (Tanstaafl - its not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: MichCapCon

Seems like the height of stupidity to try and go from the current state of affairs to right to work in one step. In Indiana, they handled the public sector unions first, in 2005, before dealing with the private sector in 2012.

If Ohio had simply eliminated the “fair share fee” that public sector workers who are not members of unions are required to pay to the Unions in 2011, rather than passing an over-reaching comprehensive reform, the public sector Unions would have gone broke. Instead, Ohio voters repealed the entire reform law in November 2011 and Ohio’s public sector Unions became stronger.

Being conservative should not mean you are not allowed to work strategically or have some patience.


12 posted on 12/04/2012 11:50:07 AM PST by Kaisersrsic
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To: MichCapCon

Having spent some formative years living in the Wolverine State, I must say, I am stunned. Never have I been around such a bunch of hard-headed, rock-ribbed, my-way-or-the-highway, heads planted firmly up their arses Union types as when I lived in the Greater Detroit area.

I guess desperation makes you get smart in a hurry.


13 posted on 12/04/2012 11:55:25 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: MichCapCon

What about unions formed by employers, such as staffing agencies and temporary labor? They’re no different in their ultimate function, just the direction of the benefits & protection.

If it is going to be about freedom, then it should cover all possible forms of labor unions whether organized by employers or by employees through some third party.


14 posted on 12/04/2012 12:10:32 PM PST by setha
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To: Springman; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; madison10; ...
Lets lean on those legislators.

Tea Party Groups Engaged In Battle For Right-To-Work

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Weekly/biweekly Michigan legislative activism thread

Michigan Action Alert on Right To Work
15 posted on 12/04/2012 12:12:01 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines

Being shoved aside has created the special forces of conservatism in Michigan. We’ve been doing a lot of good things all by ourselves.


16 posted on 12/04/2012 12:15:48 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

I’ve never seen unions as political to this degree in my life. This is simply about paybacks and open warfare now. Thank the MEA.


17 posted on 12/04/2012 12:24:55 PM PST by Darren McCarty (If most people were more than keyboard warriors, we might have won the election)
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To: Darren McCarty

Mike Shirkey was my site unseen republican vote in 2010 and we really lucked out. He’s been pretty solid for right to work and against Obamacare.

Overall the legislature has been pretty good on fighting the land grabs and even has an anti Agenda21 bill in committee.


18 posted on 12/04/2012 12:27:28 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

You mean fewer than 50% of the states “allow” liberty in the workplace?


19 posted on 12/04/2012 12:32:57 PM PST by gitmo ( If your theology doesn't become your biography it's useless.)
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To: cripplecreek

Keep up the good work!

Here in California......Apocalypse NOW!

Doomed.....


20 posted on 12/04/2012 12:34:39 PM PST by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines

I wish I knew how to help California because I know what its like to be written off.


21 posted on 12/04/2012 12:47:48 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Darren McCarty

The union conservatives took a couple of busloads of people to Lansing today to urge right to work.


22 posted on 12/04/2012 12:49:17 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: MachIV
This will happens when the moon turns blood red, the ground quakes, the mountains split open and the sky turns evening black at 12 noon.

That would be December 21st......

23 posted on 12/04/2012 1:21:14 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon.....)
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To: Hot Tabasco

The governor now says Right to work is now on the agenda.

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012121204067


24 posted on 12/04/2012 6:37:20 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: LucianOfSamasota

It is a start.

Now about gun control.

(as in: repealing registration for handguns)


25 posted on 12/04/2012 6:40:18 PM PST by Cringing Negativism Network
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To: cripplecreek

Fantastic development, Snyder was on the news tonight saying there were other more pressing items and RTW wouldn’t be on the agenda. Keep up the phone calls and faxes and emails!


26 posted on 12/04/2012 7:05:49 PM PST by FrdmLvr (culture, language, borders)
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines

Yes, it’s darn near impossible to see Michigan, Ohio and the other mafia union thug controlled states becoming right to work states. My answer is to eleminate union strike off of employers deducting union dues and watch them wither on the vine.


27 posted on 12/05/2012 3:44:04 AM PST by BTCM (Death and destruction is the only treaty Muslims comprehend.)
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To: cripplecreek

Any idea why it took so long for Michigan CofC to come out in favor of RTW legislation?


28 posted on 12/05/2012 8:32:07 AM PST by donozark (The voices inside my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas!)
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To: donozark

Because Rock Snyder is an Ann Arbor “Semicrat” who makes John McCain look like Barry Goldwater in comparison.

He’s reached across the aisle so many times that his arm has been chewed off to the shoulder.


29 posted on 12/05/2012 8:39:07 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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