Skip to comments.In Michigan, It's Right To Work Vs. Right To Pork
Posted on 12/07/2012 4:04:55 PM PST by raptor22
Right To Work: Both chambers of the Michigan legislature pass bills banning union dues as a condition of employment as a Detroit city councilwoman wonders when the pork will arrive. The choice is growth vs. stagnation.
Reports of the GOP's demise may be greatly exaggerated, at least at the state level, as Michigan, birthplace of the modern labor movement and unionism, stands poised to become the nation's 24th right-to-work (RTW) state. If it goes ahead, it will join recent addition Indiana in challenging union power as Gov. Scott Walker successfully did in Wisconsin.
Michigan's Republican governor, Rick Snyder, is poised to sign the landmark legislation. Both GOP-controlled chambers approved measures prohibiting private unions from requiring dues.
The senate quickly followed by voting to impose the same requirement on most public unions. Because of rules requiring a five-day delay between votes in the two chambers on the same legislation, final enactment could not take place until Tuesday at the earliest.
As in Wisconsin, news of the latest challenge to union power met with throngs descending on the state capitol in Lansing. Hell hath no fury like union leaders threatened with a cutoff of union dues needed to fund the political campaigns of their benefactors.
The benefits of RTW laws and the need of Michigan to become an RTW state is self-evident. In an interview with the Associated Press, Snyder, governor of a state with a seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 9.3%, said one reason for his support of the RTW legislation was reports that some 90 companies have decided to locate next door in Indiana since that state adopted right-to-work legislation.
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There is no right to pork in Dearborn.
Sorry. That would be ‘OINKERS’ and ‘Hooves’. It’s late.
Yo Dude what’s up with the racism?
Hahahaha, great quip!
What do you think?
To: Doc Savage
Yo Dude whats up with the racism?
7 posted on Friday, December 07, 2012 7:49:03 PM by JoeProBono
Right church wrong pew
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Michigan has a GOP Gov..and a GOP Legislature..but idiotically voted for manchild last month????????? please reconcile that!
That’s easy. A terrible Republican candidate unable to articulate anything on his own to refute the Left’s narrative about him.
We must have candidates able to work around the media machine.
Ask the low wage non union North Carolina textile and furniture workers how well the right to work laws worked for them in the 1990’s. Despite some of the lowest hourly wages in the country, and zero union restrictive work rules, their jobs disappeared to China as soon as the free traders eliminated tariffs and quotas.
Right to work by itself does not result in prosperity. Minimum wage hourly workers in the US are not competitive with $1.00 per day, 10 hour day labor in China. Eliminate the minimum wage, along with passing right to work laws, and we will soon have $1.00 per day jobs in America as well.
The point is, if you want to bring manufacturing jobs back to the US, and have decent middle class wages, you have to do more than eliminate the unions and their work rules. You need a reasonable tariff policy as well. Our founding fathers understood this. Alexander Hamilton used the tariff to pay off the Revolutionary War debt and put the nation on a sound financial footing. After the Civil War, high tariffs allowed the US to build the greatest industrial infrastructure in the world by making it more profitable to invest in US manufacturing instead of importing manufactured products from Europe (yes the US was the China of the late 1800’s having lots of natural resources and cheap labor). At the zenith of US economic strength in the 1950’s, 1960’s, 1970’s, and 1980’s the US had much higher tariffs and quota’s than it has today.
Right to work laws are part of the answer to bringing back our manufacturing infrastructure but not all. We need higher tariffs, lower corporate taxes on US manufactured products, and much less regulation to attract the investment required to build new factories and modernize those that still exist.