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BREAKING: Michigan to Become Right-to-Work State
Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/6/2012 | Jarrett Skorup

Posted on 12/06/2012 9:55:50 AM PST by MichCapCon

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder said today that a bill will be introduced that would make Michigan the nation's 24th right-to-work state.

"When it arrives on my desk, I plan on signing it," he said.

In a press conference with the House and Senate Majority leaders and three union members, the Governor suggested that a bill would be introduced today.

Under the legislation, employees would only pay union representation fees (also called "agency fees") if they chose to do so. Federal law prohibits workers from being required to be union members and pay union dues as a condition of employment. However, unless a state has a right-to-work law, employees in companies where a union already exists are forced to pay union fees if they don't pay the dues. Typically, the fees are nearly as costly as the dues.

"I'm asking that we pass an act that gives workers freedom in the workplace," said Governor Rick Snyder.

The governor called it "pro-worker" and said he wants it "promptly and efficiently."

The Governor said the legislation will cover both public and private-sector with one carve out for public safety, meaning police and fire personnel. He said this was because of their "unique status" and cited Public Act 312, which creates a binding arbitration process for labor disputes.

"This is about fairness ... it is not about Republican vs. Democrat or worker vs. management," said Republican House Speaker Jase Bolger. "[Workers] deserve the freedom to choose which organizations they want to join and which organizations they do not want to join."

"We have come together and believe this is the time to tackle this issue and do something about it," said Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville. Richardville went on to note that he is generally in favor of collective bargaining and believes most members will choose to stay with the union.

All three Republican leaders emphasized that they support collective bargaining rights, but that union members should have a choice. They were joined on the panel by three union members: A teacher from Hamtramck, an AFL-CIO worker and a UAW member with Ford – the first two said they plan on staying with their union, but want people to have the choice.

"Right-to-Work states have higher population growth, higher wage growth and greater job creation," said Vincent Vernuccio, labor policy director with the Mackinac Center. "Michigan is one step closer now to bringing more job creators and businesses to our state."

The introduction of a right-to-work bill comes after the state's unions spent more than $23 million on Proposal 2, which would have permanently banned a right-to-work law in Michigan. Voters rejected the constitutional amendment change by a margin of 57 percent against to 43 percent in favor.

Immediately after the election, union executives defended their decision to try and guarantee forced unionism in the state constitution, but also began asking voters, business owners and Republican legislators to not pass a right-to-work bill because it would be divisive.

After Thanksgiving, unions began urging their members to call legislators to encourage a vote against any right-to-work bill. Training sessions also were held for those making calls, telling them how to act on the phone and what to say. Robocalls also reportedly were being made as well.

"I haven't personally heard the robocalls, but I've heard about them," Rep. Mike Shirkey, R-Clark Lake said. “The unions are definitely trying to stop the Freedom to Work legislation."

Union attempts to block right-to-work legislation are counter to public opinion. Polls taken last spring showed that about 57 percent of likely voters supported Michigan becoming a right-to-work state.

Passing a bill in the lame-duck session puts the vote in front of existing Legislators who are familiar with the issue. After the beginning of the year, new Legislators take office.

Adoption of a right-to-work law in Michigan would be significant nationally. Michigan would be the first state with a large percentage of union workers to pass such a measure. A little more than 17 percent of the state’s workers belong to a union, the fifth-highest percentage of unionized workers in the United States.

Last winter, when neighboring Indiana became the first Rust Belt state to adopt a right-to-work law, pressure intensified for Michigan to follow suit. However, Gov. Rick Snyder wasn't anxious to pick a fight with the unions over the issue.

The dynamics, however, changed after the November elections, and in line with a national (and increasingly bipartisan) trend against overreach by many government unions that continue to demand benefits that exceed those of the taxpayers.

"When this becomes law, unions will be free to make their case, but workers will be free to make their choice," said Bolger.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government
KEYWORDS: biglabor; michigan; righttowork; snyder; uaw; unions
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1 posted on 12/06/2012 9:55:55 AM PST by MichCapCon
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To: Springman; Sioux-san; 70th Division; JPG; PGalt; DuncanWaring; taildragger; epluribus_2; Chuck54; ..
And I always say Michigan doesn't have earthquakes.

If anyone wants to be added to the Michigan Cap Con ping list, let me know.

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Weekly/biweekly Michigan legislative activism thread

Michigan Action Alert on Right To Work
2 posted on 12/06/2012 9:59:14 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: MichCapCon

How many union presidents are not fat-cat millionaires and billionaires?


3 posted on 12/06/2012 10:01:20 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: MichCapCon
"Under the legislation, employees would only pay union representation fees (also called "agency fees") if they chose to do so."

Why don't they just call it what it is, "protection money?"

4 posted on 12/06/2012 10:03:07 AM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: fwdude

I’m promoting the use of the term “Union taxes” because that’s all dues really are. A tax paid to one more unresponsive layer of government.


5 posted on 12/06/2012 10:05:40 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: MichCapCon

THIS IS GREAT NEWS! Thanks for sharing!


6 posted on 12/06/2012 10:13:39 AM PST by NEMDF
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To: MichCapCon

This is perhaps the best news for Michigan since my lifetime (and I’m 50!)


7 posted on 12/06/2012 10:13:56 AM PST by TMA62 (Al Sharpton - The North Korea of race relations)
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To: MichCapCon

Look at WI to see how many continue to pay union dues when they’re no longer forced to. If panic hasn’t set in yet around the offices of the MI union thugs it soon will.


8 posted on 12/06/2012 10:14:08 AM PST by JPG (Stay strong.)
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To: Paladin2

“How many union presidents are not fat-cat millionaires and billionaires?”

None are billionaires, but I suspect most are fat.


9 posted on 12/06/2012 10:15:23 AM PST by mkboyce
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To: MichCapCon

Right to Work - end Union Slavery!


10 posted on 12/06/2012 10:15:42 AM PST by Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage (I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying.)
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To: JPG
The panic started the day after the election when both the big pro union propositions wee crushed.

A funny story from last year.

Former MEA Local Prez: Union May Lose 40% of Members – Including Him – if Teacher Right to Work Passes
11 posted on 12/06/2012 10:17:08 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: MichCapCon

It is comical seeing the “pro-choice” crowd admitting that they are anti choice!


12 posted on 12/06/2012 10:18:36 AM PST by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: MichCapCon
Tangent to this...

Rank and file teachers may not go on a screed against this..

You see they got a choice of retirement type plans recently.

My education gnome tells me his wife chose the 401k/403b option over the traditional that was frozen because it was too juicy not to.

They are no longer beholden to the Union Pensions, they are free.....

13 posted on 12/06/2012 10:18:56 AM PST by taildragger (( Tighten the 5 point harness and brace for Impact Freepers, ya know it's coming..... ))
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To: MichCapCon

Not to worry - they’ll get some RAT judge out of bed and block this. Anyone want to take the opposite side of that bet?


14 posted on 12/06/2012 10:21:41 AM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: TMA62
More good MI news...

: Michigan House passes bill blocking NDAA detention

15 posted on 12/06/2012 10:22:48 AM PST by opentalk
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To: MichCapCon

The destruction of unions should be one of every conservatives’ top priorities. Eliminate the mind-control influence of unions over workers and you may have an outside shot at rational thinking taking place at the polls.

You also have an outside shot at America being competitive in the world once again.


16 posted on 12/06/2012 10:25:12 AM PST by FerociousRabbit
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To: 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten

First it has to be voted on then passed then the demo judge can stop it...

Will believe when I see it....I believe nothing a republican says anymore


17 posted on 12/06/2012 10:26:13 AM PST by BubbaJunebug
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To: MichCapCon

A silver lining appears on a very cloudy day.

Godspeed, Michigan!


18 posted on 12/06/2012 10:27:26 AM PST by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: Paladin2

it is all about control of the pensions.

Pension money is where the power is located.


19 posted on 12/06/2012 10:30:12 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: opentalk

It has begun. According to what I’m seeing on twitter the goons have already tried kicking the doors open to get into the house and senate chambers and the capitol building is on lockdown.

Apparently these idiots can just walk off the job to go to Lansing.


20 posted on 12/06/2012 10:32:30 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

They had better get the National Guard over there to kick some gooney arse.


21 posted on 12/06/2012 10:37:24 AM PST by Mich Patriot (PITCH BLACK is the new "transparent")
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To: Mich Patriot

Twitchy pics

http://twitchy.com/2012/12/06/union-goons-storm-mich-capitol-grub-free-food-as-lawmakers-take-up-right-to-work-bill/


22 posted on 12/06/2012 10:43:38 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: exit82

Watching events unfold on twitter and it sounds like the goons are already getting violent.


23 posted on 12/06/2012 10:48:49 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten

Bingo.

1) A judge will issue a stay to prevent its implementation

2) Same judge will throw it out, declaring it to be at odds with either the state or US constitution


24 posted on 12/06/2012 10:49:00 AM PST by Brookhaven (theconservativehand.com - alt2p.com)
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To: MichCapCon

This story is great news of course. But so shocking. Who would have ever thought it would be possible in Michigan of all places,a state so heavily blue and union?

There is NO HOPE here in CA. Prop 32 wnt down in flames. Public employee unions are bankrupting the state. The voters are clueless drones.


25 posted on 12/06/2012 10:56:51 AM PST by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines

Video of unionistas trying to intimidate citizens.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzEm9ZnYb3g


26 posted on 12/06/2012 11:01:04 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

The union thugs were infesting the caiptol building yesterday trying to intimidate folks. Lots of air time on the local news (but curiously, nothing about the Detroit Council saying that Obama owed Detroit “quid pro quo”). I expect the thuggery will get worse and the legislators will need protection from the MSP soonish.


27 posted on 12/06/2012 11:04:22 AM PST by Graing ("The power of wind, fire... all that kind of thing")
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To: cripplecreek
From radio interviews on the issue, many union members/workers liked the option to choose. The leaders, activists..no so much.
28 posted on 12/06/2012 11:04:46 AM PST by opentalk
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To: cripplecreek

Thanks. Watched it. Barbaric thugs....these unions....brownshirts.


29 posted on 12/06/2012 11:08:29 AM PST by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: opentalk

A large number of union members voted against the two big ballot proposals last month too.


30 posted on 12/06/2012 11:10:31 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: MichCapCon

UAW <-—HAHAHAHAHA!


31 posted on 12/06/2012 11:49:47 AM PST by MachIV
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To: longtermmemmory

See post 13, it is becoming less of a factor, for the teachers anyway....


32 posted on 12/06/2012 11:50:29 AM PST by taildragger (( Tighten the 5 point harness and brace for Impact Freepers, ya know it's coming..... ))
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To: MichCapCon
Tell me if I am being too optimistic, but it appears that our fight against Obama statism is going to come from the governorships, not our lame duck Congress.
33 posted on 12/06/2012 12:00:54 PM PST by Sam Gamgee (May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't. - Patton)
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To: cripplecreek

A crushed wee sounds really painful.


34 posted on 12/06/2012 12:09:43 PM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: MichCapCon

” Voters rejected the constitutional amendment change by a margin of 57 percent against to 43 percent in favor.”

The final vote tally on prop 2 was 63 - 37%.


35 posted on 12/06/2012 12:15:36 PM PST by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: Sam Gamgee

Not just states, locally, Beck will have efforts soon in that regard he will launch them big time. The Federal Edifice will rot like the bloated corpse (that is a metaphor) is it. We will have to build local enclaves that will shrug at the smelly beast....


36 posted on 12/06/2012 12:15:53 PM PST by taildragger (( Tighten the 5 point harness and brace for Impact Freepers, ya know it's coming..... ))
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To: BubbaJunebug

They had a news conference and said they already have the votes to pass it.

RTW in MI is all but a done deal.


37 posted on 12/06/2012 12:20:46 PM PST by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: JPG

They don’t “pay” the dues. It’s taken out of their checks. Simply making them write a check to the union would do it


38 posted on 12/06/2012 12:23:01 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: BubbaJunebug

They had a news conference and said they already have the votes to pass it.

RTW in MI is all but a done deal.


39 posted on 12/06/2012 12:24:40 PM PST by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: Beagle8U

The union goons know that they’ve lost before the fight even starts and there will be real violence before its over. Apparently things are escalating by the minute and the goons have tried to rush police who responded with pepper spray and multiple arrests.

http://www.caintv.com/anti-right-to-work-goons-alrea


40 posted on 12/06/2012 12:25:15 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

Union Supporter Cuts Up Right-to-Work Supporters’ Sign

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=2wrZAqTgomM


41 posted on 12/06/2012 12:31:40 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

Yup, cops arrested 8 of em after they hosed em down real good with pepper spray.

They locked em out of the Capital building, even the UAW pres Bob King!


42 posted on 12/06/2012 12:35:15 PM PST by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: Beagle8U

The house is already taking the first vote.

This might be a done deal by midnight.


43 posted on 12/06/2012 12:38:55 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: MichCapCon; cripplecreek

WOOOOOHOOOOOO! Thanks for the post; ping. HOORAY Rick Snyder and Republicans in the legislature! Something I never thought I would see in my lifetime.

GRRRRRRREAT news BUMP!


44 posted on 12/06/2012 12:47:59 PM PST by PGalt
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To: cripplecreek
Snyder and House/Senate leaders said it would be passed this year.

They scheduled the H+S in session for the entire weekend if needed.

I doubt the RATS will even vote. I also don't think they can stop it by running out of state like they did in WI.

45 posted on 12/06/2012 12:48:55 PM PST by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: MichCapCon

Good for Michigan. They are probably getting tired of the South opening up billion dollar factories and the workers getting the same pay and benefits.


46 posted on 12/06/2012 12:50:29 PM PST by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: cripplecreek

Thanks for the updates and the vids/tweets.

Glad the State Police acted like police should, not like those WI Capitol police did.


47 posted on 12/06/2012 12:50:46 PM PST by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: cripplecreek; Sidebar Moderator

I wonder why this isn’t in breaking news?

This is a huge story!


48 posted on 12/06/2012 12:52:50 PM PST by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: PGalt
VIDEOS: Union Intimidation, Vandalism At Michigan Capitol Over Right-to-Work
49 posted on 12/06/2012 12:52:57 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: exit82

Apparently Santa Bama is coming to Michigan.


50 posted on 12/06/2012 12:55:52 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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