Skip to comments.Michiganís governor sides with right to work
Posted on 12/09/2012 5:42:39 PM PST by jazusamo
He forged a reputation as a moderate, can-do businessman-politician, but Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican, has taken a leap into the political unknown by embracing a right-to-work bill that has put him at the center of an ideological battle with the states powerful union movement that shows no signs of dying down in the weeks ahead.
With President Obama, who openly criticized the right-to-work drive, set to visit Detroit on Monday, opinions are sharply divided over the wisdom of the Republican push to make this longtime bastion of union strength into the nations 24th right-to-work state.
Unions and Democrats suffered one of their biggest legislative defeats in years as bills that would undercut a key source of labor funding sailed through both houses of the state Legislature last week. Right-to-work opponents sought this weekend for legal and procedural loopholes that ultimately might defeat any future law, including recall efforts, against lawmakers who led the right-to-work fight as well as legal challenges to tie up the law in court.
But the states business leaders, sensing victory, said they were buoyed by the likely passage of the bills, calling right-to-work key to accelerating the states economic resurgence after a long period of stagnation and decline.
If Mr. Snyder, a former high-tech executive and venture capitalist elected two years ago, faces a divisive fight by promising to sign the bill, the rhetoric-eschewing governor seems undaunted.
When you talk about giving workers the freedom to choose, isnt that something we should all be behind? Not being put in the position where people are forced to send them dues because they are wanting to keep jobs? Mr. Snyder told Fox News Neil Cavuto on Friday, saying he was excited to get the law onto the books.
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Give Obama and the unions our collective finger!
He should set up a table at the gate of the country club for union leaders and sign the bill there.
I’m for that! lol
Oh, no! Are union members going to stop voting republican now???
The thing that I can’t stop laughing about is that it was the union thugs that gave us Snyder.
We were on vacation during the primary and when we got back home, first thing I did was hit the ‘puter to see WHO/what part of MI voted for this guy...
There it was in black and white. Jackson, Saginaw, Flint, etc.
Apparantly THEY thought that they’d get a better deal from him than the other guys and knew thier Rat didn’t stand a chance after Jenny, so figured to screw us out of someone we wanted.
Isn’t that what they call “hoist on thine own petard?”
Serves the rats right for once.
I doubt that all the rucus tomorrow and Tue. will do any more than alienate even more of the rest of us.
They’re primarily to blame for the Jenny years and Obama Sheite and are going to get the backlash I’m afraid. (not)
Oh boy, the top union money grabbing, yet somehow perfectly transparent TOTUS (just ask him) is coming to my state! It's like CHRISTMAS!
Gotta stand for a photo-op with his union thug contributors, even though he doesn't really GAF about them either. Useful morons, nothing more.
About 40% of them will stop contributing to democrats immediately (April 1st when the law takes effect) and I’m guessing that another 20 or 30 percent will opt out within a year after that.
This is devastating to the rats.
LOL, good one!
I thought Democrats supported pro-choice.
heh, heh, heh.
I love this...It may not change how many vote but it’s sure going to cut down on the Rats revenue.
It seems they’re picky about pro-choice. LOL!
I wonder if Obama realizes the higher he taxes the “rich”, the less they will have to contribute to him.
30 or 40 percent are already voting republican. After all there are plenty of union and former union FReepers. There have been pro RTW union members involved in bringing this fight to the front.
I think it was smart to exclude all cops, not so much ‘firefighters’ but that’s another day.
Tuesday here in Michigan is an unknown with the signing of the RTW bill along with the potential for violence from the left.
And that stinkin’ puke from Kenya will be here tomorrow to stir and stoke the racist class warfare pot, and if there is bloodshed in Lansing come Tuesday hope it falls in the hands of Barry Soetero.
The Michigan State Police (union) are charged with protecting the Capitol. They will.
But the real action to watch is what the Lansing cops will do...if the unionists get ugly.
I pray for peace and civility.
GO for it ... if the shoe was on the other foot, you know the ‘Rats would.
Oh yes, many union members vote Republican as I did years ago before retiring. Of course at that time we weren’t padding the Dems pockets with high union dues and that’s what’s so great about the right to work states now.
Unions are against the right to work.
Just think about that. It should be packaged as such into a narrative that they can be beaten over the head with.
Exactly...Unions are against the right to work unless you pay them dearly for that right.
Even Funnier is that he had no interest in right-to-work, except the unions pushed the constitutional amendment, so they HAD to fight it, and when right-to-work won big, it was an obvious next move to put it into law.
Removing Unions from the Public Sector should be the Republicans' #1 goal, well before the 2016 Elections.
So long as Public Employees can vote themselves benefits, raises, and the safety net of Civil Service, the Taxpayer is screwed, and Democrats have a pipeline right from the Taxpayer, to the Fed's, to the Unions, with the kickback of Dues to the DNC.
More schadenfreude as the new MI-07 told the leftists to stuff it.
In spite of Ann Arbor & Ypsi and major universities, kudos to our redistricting.
I really lucked out with Mike Shirkey as my state rep.
I voted for him with no clue about him other than the fact that he’s a republican and he has been great. He said last year that he would introduce right to work legislation as soon as he felt that the time was right and apparently it was.
I’m not getting too worked up about this - as soon as Snyder signs it, a kenyan-appointed judge will just unilaterally overturn it.
Mike Shirkey (who sponsored the bill) gives a great floor speech on RTW.
I am glad Michigan is coming around. The South is picking up many companies from the old “Waterway” states and I would like to see a balance. The folks tend to bring FDR with them and we can do without that.
Excellent speech by Mike Shirkey, thanks for linking.
My cousin, visiting from Michigan and looking for a congressional intern job, received a call this evening from the Obama Campaign. Return to Lansing as soon as possible for protest against right-to-work. We will pay all expenses. I didn’t know he was one of them. Another paid protest brought to you by the DNC.
Thanks for the ping; post. GRRRRREAT news...b..bb...but...these parasites never go away...
I was a short-time member of the Teamsters, and one time we were in a (forced) meeting for our local, I had a couple of conversations while outside on a smoke break. Funny, that everyone outside smoking confessed they were NRA and GOP members. You’ll ALWAYS know who the GOP members are when they never wear those stupid union jackets and shirts.
Their stock response to that is that the name of the bill is misleading.
“I think it was smart to exclude all cops, not so much firefighters but thats another day.”
Maybe so, so as not to provoke a confrontation with these two union groups right now. But as I mentioned to cripplecreek yesterday, these two groups collectively eat up something on the order of 75% or more of any city’s budget, or at least that’s how it is here in California. Just take a look at the numbers for the cities (i.e. Stockton and San Bernardino) here that are in bankruptcy and you will see this is the case. Vallejo just came out of bankruptcy and didn’t really resolve their issues with the cops and the firefighters, and I am guessing that they will have to go bust another time because their numbers are not sustainable over the long-term. And with the economy in the dumper they are not getting the tax revenues that they expected and upon which their bankruptcy was predicated.
That’s really disgusting, the Rats have a huge political machine in large part because of these thug union leaders.
As Heck states above, how about “Unions Against Choice” that ought to get some smoke coming from their stack!
Even more important than right to work, is to make it so the dues are not automatically deducted. If we can get that in every state regardless of right to work, the unions will die.