Skip to comments.Michigan Poised to Become Right to Work State; Protesters Shout 'Heil Hitler' in Response
Posted on 12/07/2012 5:44:09 PM PST by Kaslin
Michigan is one step closer to becoming a Right to Work state. Last night, both the state House and Senate passed bills that would forbid the public sector unions from taking 2% out of workers’ paychecks for dues payments, regardless of whether or not they’re members. The bills can’t be passed into law until Tuesday, owing to procedural requirements, but they’re almost sure to prevail, at which point Gov. Rick Snyder has vowed to sign them.
The House and Senate each passed bills on the same day they were introduced that give private and public sector workers the right to avoid paying union dues in an organized workplace. Only police officers and firefighters would be exempt.
The package can't reach final completion until at least Tuesday because of procedural rules that require a five-day layover for two of the bills before they can be voted on in the other chamber.
The bills arose rather suddenly, as lawmakers were eager to get this passed in the lame duck session, and as Ed Morrissey notes at HotAir, so as to avoid the anarchy that overtook the Wisconsin statehouse two years ago. And although the scene in Lansing was nothing like the chaos in Madison, union activists attempted to storm the Senate during floor debates, resulting in temporary closure of the capitol building.
Lt. Gov. Brian Calley repeatedly gaveled for order during the Senate debate as Democrats attacked the legislation to applause from protesters in the galley. At one point, a man shouted, "Heil Hitler! Heil Hitler! That's what you people are." He was quickly escorted out. Another later yelled, "We will remember in November."
Eight people were arrested for resisting and obstructing when they tried to push past two troopers guarding the Senate door, state police Inspector Gene Adamczyk said.
Protesters waved placards and chanted slogans such as "Union buster" and "Right-to-work has got to go." Adamczyk said the troopers used pepper spray after the people refused to obey orders to stop.
The Capitol, which was temporarily closed because of safety concerns, reopened Thursday afternoon, sending hundreds of protesters streaming back inside with chants of, "Whose house? Our house!" Adamczyk said a judge ordered the building reopened.
Breitbart also has a few fun, profanity-laced videos of protesters attacking pro-Right to Work activists here.
Of course, it’s worth remembering that these people are protesting their colleagues’ right to determine whether or not some of their paycheck goes toward union dues. All the while, however, they claim to protest the way this curtails “workers’ rights.” Hmm.
It’s also worth remembering what, exactly this bill does – indeed, it doesn’t affect collective bargaining, and in fact, Gov. Snyder made it clear he’s in favor of preserving that right:
Governor Snyder Speaks about Freedom to Work in Michigan
The fight’s not quite over yet, and indeed, the AFL-CIO tweeted that supporters should spend their weekends furiously phone banking in a last-ditch attempt to change some legislators’ minds. That doesn’t seem likely to happen, however – instead, the nation’s former bastion of union power seems poised to make some change.
I hate Michigan Nazis.
At least the new chant is honest for the socialists
There is a need to identify the leaders of and the organizations involved in these violence-prone demonstrations.
Once you know who is leading them, then you can find out their ideological orientation. There might be a few surprises out there.
Remember, Detroit was run by an old line Stalinist Communist Party member Coleman Young, and the city council had Party supporters Maryann Mahaffey (later DSA, a marxist group that was a key organizer for Obama), and Erma Henderson, another CP supporter and DSA member, among other mixed marxists and wacked out liberals including the Levin Brothers, Carl and Sander.
The Left has never lost control of the unions in Michigan and now younger leftists from the Obama camp have flooded Michigan and Wisconsin with Soros and labor fronts/operations.
The “Seig Heil” didn’t happen by accident. More of an Alinsky tactic to denigrate the opposition.
Lift the rock and you’d be surprised at what will crawl out.
they realize very very little
like they live in a 2-d universe
“Remember remember, the 5th of November.” Please cross that line, unionistas and anarchists, so we can finally deal with you harshly.
Gotta give props to the pro RTW union members too. They’ve been very outspoken in pushing for this.
It was members of the Revoluntionary People’s Party that tried (or plotted) to blow up a bridge in Ohio.
I doubt I have to look up their ideology
I hope it passes without too much ugliness. Is it cold up there yet? We have snow and cold temps forecast for this weekend.
The way you can figure out what a Democrat is really thinking and planning is by what they accuse Republicans and Conservatives of doing. They are a huge mass of people who have been trained in, are are classic at projection.
Yes it is projection. What you said is full of truth in 2012!
Rainy today but fairly warm. Supposed to be back into the 30s by Tuesday.
I saw a pro union woman on the news tonight complaining that right to work means that she’ll be forced to work next to someone who doesn’t pay dues but gets all the benefits.
Just like people living high on the welfare hog.
I hope it passes without too much ugliness. <<
Not me!...I want to see the headlines on the nightly news..
What cities are burning over what?...*grin*’’’
nope...never saw it coming....
I wonder if it occurred to this genius that she should stop paying dues too?
How long before Obama weighs in to help stop this? I am calling it. We will soon see a rash of regulations from the Labor Department that will work to nullify all right to work laws.
The USSR had a doctrine that communism could never be rolled back once it took root. I believe Obamanism will adop the same doctrine.