Excellent news, especially from the bastion of unionism.
posted on 12/06/2012 5:22:12 PM PST
(Happy to be represented by Lt. Col. Allen West)
Eventually, when enough pain is involved, change will happen.
posted on 12/06/2012 5:23:01 PM PST
("A crack shot and a good dancer")
Right-to-work bills win approval from Michigan Senate, House
By David Eggert | firstname.lastname@example.org
updated December 06, 2012 at 8:09 PM
LANSING, MI – After hours of debate, a Republican-dominated Michigan Senate on Thursday approved a bill that would help make Michigan the 24th state with a right-to-work law prohibiting unions from collecting fees from workers who decline union representation.
It was a historic and tension-filled process, marked by occasional yells and clapping from union members sitting above in the gallery to watch. Some were escorted out or left voluntarily after yelling down at senators as Lt. Gov. Brian Calley - the Senate president - sought decorum.
Senate Bill 116, approved 22-16, would apply to private employees and House Bill 4003 - which passed 22-4 - to public workers; the House earlier approved House Bill 4054 for public employees on a 58-52 vote. Police officers and firefighters would stay in closed union shops under the measures.
“This is a historic event. We ought to treat history better than this," said Sen. John Gleason, Flushing, who joined Democrats whose level of opposition to the legislation was equaled by their frustration with the process.
No committee hearings were held. The bill language was seen for the first time just hours after Gov. Rick Snyder and GOP legislative leaders announced their plan to pass a right-to-work law.
Senate Democrats tried but failed to make 20 amendments to the bill in a chamber where they have just 12 seats. Republicans have 26.
"This is an assault on all the ones that came before us and all the ones that come after us,” Gleason said.
But Republicans said the right-to-work debate has been out there for years and said they have simple goals – giving workers “freedom to associate rather than a mandate to associate,” said Sen. Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive.
“We are for job creation, for business moving into Michigan, new factories and new opportunities,” he said.
posted on 12/06/2012 5:24:51 PM PST
(Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
Wow, Renaissance Men (and Women)!!!
posted on 12/06/2012 5:35:42 PM PST
by Hotlanta Mike
(Us and Them...)
From the AFL-CIO breaking news:
Breaking: Michigan Senate Passes Right to Work For Less Bill
The Michigan State Senate just passed the right to work for less bill. The House passed a similar bill earlier today and Gov. Rick Snyder (R) says he will sign the legislation that rolls back workers rights.
The measure passed on a 22-16 vote Thursday after hours of impassioned debate. Four Republicans joined all 12 Democrats in opposition.
After months of claiming right to work for less was not on his agenda, Snyder changed course this week and began a rapid push to move the bill through the legislature. The Nations John Nichols writes that the Michigan action is part of a bold anti-labor move launched in coordination with a Koch Brothers-funded Americans for Prosperity project to pave the way for right to work in states across our nation.
GOP legislative leaders had plotted behind closed doors with Governor Snyder, to have Michigan join the traditionally lower-wage states that decades ago enacted Right-to-Work laws to thwart the rise of a labor movement that promoted civil rights, womens rights and economic justice.
More than 3,000 union members and workers’ rights advocates rallied against the legislation and for several hours police shut the doors to the Capitol, keeping protesters out of the House and Senate galleries. Several people were maced as they tried to enter.
A number of Michigan workers, insisting on their right to petition their own elected officials, filed a lawsuit in Ingham County Circuit Court and won an injunction Judge Joyce Draganchuk. Her order specifies that state authorities must stop denying access to the democratic process and open the Capitol’s doors.
Have only one comment:
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posted on 12/06/2012 5:39:29 PM PST
(Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
Just read the Free Press on line, also in the bill is an appropriation so it's referendum proof.
posted on 12/06/2012 5:57:50 PM PST
(Rest In Peace YaYa123, Bahbah, and Just Lori.)
Politics is mind boggling isn't it. Here in Michigan Obama won overwhelmingly, but all the democratic-backed proposals on the ballot failed miserably. Now Michigan is on the verge of becoming a right-to-work state. Of course the unions will blow a gasket, but what else is new.
posted on 12/06/2012 6:14:28 PM PST
(As it was in the days of Lot.....)
posted on 12/06/2012 6:59:28 PM PST
by Liberty Valance
(Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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