Skip to comments.UPDATED: Unions Furious: Michigan to Become Right-to-Work State Today
Posted on 12/11/2012 9:41:12 AM PST by jazusamo
UPDATE 12:15 pm EST: The Republican controlled legislature has passed the right-to-work legislation 58-51. Michigan Governor Snyder is expected to sign the bill into law later today.
The vote to turn Michigan into a right-to-work state will take place today after days of protests in Lansing about the pro-worker legislation that prevents having to pay dues to a union. Not surprisingly, local police are bracing for possible violence today as more protests are planned.
Even with the outcome considered a foregone conclusion, the heated battle over right-to-work legislation in the traditional union bastion of Michigan shows no sign of cooling.
Authorities in Lansing were bracing for an onslaught of demonstrators Tuesday at the Michigan Capitol as the Legislature reconvenes for what could be final votes on bills. Hundreds of people gathered early Tuesday to get inside.
Yesterday while in Michigan campaigning for his new $1.6 trillion tax increase, President Obama slammed right-to-work states all over the country, saying legislation on the table in Lansing isn't about economics but about attacking unions.
"These so-called right-to-work laws, they don't have anything to do with economics, they have everything to do with politics," Obama told cheering workers Monday during a visit to an engine plant in Redford, Mich. "What they're really talking about is giving you the right to work for less money."
Schools have also been closed so teachers can go protest today because afterall, "it's all about the kids."
At least two Michigan school districts have announced plans to cancel classes Tuesday the same day some teachers and other union protesters are expected to converge at the state Capitol to protest right-to-work legislation.
Warren Consolidated Schools in southeast Michigan is canceling school due to the number of staff who has notified us that they will be absent Tuesday, according to a letter from Superintendent Robert Livernois posted on the district website.
Let's not forget that President Obama refused to comment when his former chief of staff and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel failed to give protesting unionized teachers exactly what they wanted. Apparently his criticism only applies to Republicans.
Before this week, the last time the Chicago Teachers Union went on strike was September 8, 1987. It lasted until October 3, during which officials, teachers and parents clashed in the city's longest teachers strike ever. After it ended, I called the Chicago school system the worst in the country.
President Obama has been noticeably silent. He shouldn't be. The nation deserves to know whether his allegiances lie with his political allies in the public sector unions or with Emanuel and Duncan. This power struggle will reveal much about the constitution of the modern Democratic Party.
If the legislation in Michigan passed and singed into law by Republican Governor Richard Snyder, the Wolverine State will become the 24th in the country to have a right-to-work law on the books.
UPDATE: Much like Wisconsin in 2011, out of state union workers are being bused in to help storm the capitol.
Michigan is getting bombarded by out-of-state union activists, including protestors from Wisconsin. They're expecting union protestors from Ohio and elsewhere, too.
Look for a surge in notes from doctors practicing near the state capitol for union members skipping work on Tuesday.
Sorry for the multiple posts. It appear the first post did not go through.
Well there’s a spot of good news.
Yes! Thanks for the ping, Cripplecreek!
Just heard from a friend that police pepper sprayed Michael Moore!
Was it enough to bring down the beast?
Correct. Michigan only requires 50%+1 for a quorum, so a minority cannot shut things down by walking out.
One other note -- there are two bills that have to be passed. The one that passed earlier related to public sector unions. The one being discussed now relates to private sector unions.
They're just starting to vote on the second bill (go to house.michigan.gov and you can watch).
The second bill was adopted. There was a parliamentary maneuver by the GOP to reconsider the vote, which means it will not go to the Governor until tomorrow, but the bill has been adopted in the same form as the Senate, so it will go to the Governor tomorrow.
“Progressive Marxists Furious”
MI House passed both Public and Private Union Freedom to Work in Michigan. 58-51 58-52
When I campaign for President, I pledge to return AT LEAST 90% of power back to the states. I’ll provide funding for interstate commerce and national military ONLY.
Hell nite in december..u watch
So the circus is in town until tomorrow?
In all this hubbub, the legislature is also to pass at least one gun freedom law as well.
Thank you both for the info.
WHOO-HOO! Right to Work passes in MI, to be on Gov’s desk by tomorrow!
Good news -— will lead to somebody spilling blood somewhere though.
After the protests, everyone will join hands and sing a rousing version of The Internationale, led by President Obama.
Crazed Union Member Screams At Camera ‘Leave Us Alone Or We’re Coming For You’
Yeah, the civility of the left is on full display.