Michigan lawmakers OK 'right-to-work' measure
The state's governor is expected to sign union dues legislation after President Obama derides it as 'right to work for less money.'
The president doesn't like it, the incoming Democrats in the Michigan House of Representatives don't like it and unions don't like it but, as of Tuesday, Michigan is a ceremonial step away from being a "right-to-work" state.
After Michigan Republicans lost five seats in the state's House of Representatives in the November elections, new laws making the payment of union dues voluntary became a priority. Republican Gov. Rick Snyder once considered the legislation too divisive, but fast-tracked it to the House on Thursday, where it passed 58-52. A Senate measure covering private-sector workers passed 22-16 on Friday, with a second bill applying to government employees passing 22-4 after Senate Democrats walked out. Republicans hold majorities in both chambers.
The House and Senate signed off on each other's bills Tuesday and Snyder was expected to sign it into law as early as Wednesday after tweeting this week that "Michigan needs to maintain its competitive edge, and Freedom to Work can help make that happen."
A day earlier, President Barack Obama told employees at Daimler's Detroit Diesel in Redford, Mich., that Michigan lawmakers shouldn't be trying "to take away your right to bargain for better wages."
"These so-called right-to-work laws, they don't have anything to do with economics, they have to do with politics," the president said before further attacking the law as the "right to work for less money."
Neither side's view of the debate has been 100% unfiltered. Supporters say the law will prevent workers from being forced into unions they don't want to join, but federal law already prevents employees from being forced into unions or other groups they're ideologically opposed to. Opponents including the president say it crushes collective bargaining, but it only gives workers the right to refuse to pay for that bargaining. At its crux, the agreement is about letting employees work under a contract unions bargained for without paying the cost of that bargaining.
That said, Tuesday's decision and Wednesday's potential signing likely don't settle matters between Michigan politicians and labor unions. Unions besieged the state capitol building in Lansing for the last week and are pushing to recall lawmakers who voted for the bill and Gov. Snyder -- similar to the push that took place after Wisconsin passed controversial anti-union measures last year. Snyder isn't up for re-election until 2013.
Union membership among the U.S. workforce has dwindled from 30% nearly 50 years ago to about 12%. Meanwhile, nearly half the states in the U.S. have adopted "right-to-work" laws. Elise Gould and Heidi Shierholz, researchers at the Economic Policy Institute, studied what they called "the compensation penalty of 'right-to-work' laws" and found that wages decreased an average of 3% in right-to-work states, health insurance benefits fell by a similar margin and retirement plan contributions decreased 5%.
Unions, meanwhile, point to Department of Labor and Census Bureau data showing that workers in right-to-work states make an average of $5,500 less than their union-state counterparts while working in states with 53% more workplace deaths.
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Unions are a form of mafia the same as the mafia the government fought in NY in past years.
They have put many companies out of business in the past and lost many jobs in America.
They are why China has so many jobs that were once American workers jobs.
a) It's NOT New - it's a REALITY the rest of us non protected, non union thugs had to work under for 50 years or so. No guaranteed raises or jobs no matter how stupid or incompetent you are (The shoe fit RE Todd? )
b) This will bring down costs of goods, services to the consumer because all those guaranteed raises and huge benefits for working a menial dead end job will now become more realistic
It's "bad" for the small population of union thugs- TOO BAD
welcome to the real world
Unions Good, unions Bad...Blah,blah,blah..
You can work for a Union shop...Or not work for a Union shop...
That choice for Americans has "always been available."...Everywhere...Period.
What the Majority of people are missing is the purpose of "Cruel Nasty Capitalism" at it's worst.
Buying off our Politicians and Lobbying to have their way...Usually REPUBLICAN and/or CONSERVATIVES with heavy ties to Big Corporations and the Wealthy...
Eventually "WAGES go down"...THEY ALWAYS DENY THIS...
And the WELFARE/Benefits of the workers gets WORST....They always DENY this also...
It's not a River in Egypt folks.....IT'S the NEW WAY of WORKLIFE in AMERICA.
It was not a "rare victory for freedom and liberty"
It was done extremely sneaky, by a lame duck partisan hack...House and Senate of the State...
And a Governor that is basically a lying slime ball and devisive being manipulated by Big business and a "puppet" for a few Very Rich group in Michigan.
The bill was never vented or in committee, any public input and passed in late sessions...
Was attached/joined to 3 other bills with wording to RAM it through, with a PRO Republican/Conservative majority in all Houses of Michigan Administration...The Governor R. Snyder lied from the very beginning, and it is much more like a Coup-de-Tat...Then Government..
This not how you want YOUR GOVERNMENT to work anywhere...It was not a democratic process as it should have been...I see nothing but trouble over this situation.
It was also reported by many Foreign News Medias, especially by Al Jazeerah..
Life is great!
Chris Van Hollen & Elizabeth Warren in 2016 & 2020!
God bless Mom & Pop stores!
God bless unions and living wages!
DIE big and unregulated corporations and DIE Ayn Rand Capitalism, DIE!
God bless America!
Stakeholders, acting under corporate legal protection via adjudicated precedent, will psychopathically tend to externalize costs (environmental, human, etc) as the "organization's" operators work under the psychology they are contributing to an inhuman personage for the good of all while getting paid.
Get rid of this "corporation = people" (Mitt?) and the crap gets taken care of.
However, the effort to constitutionally revoke this protection explicitly will be knocked down by ALL political interests as this legal cover is used by them to perpetuate power in all areas. Many will reject it purely on economic policy grounds of adversity to capital formation. THOSE INDIVIDUALS ARE TRULY ON MORAL SHAKY GROUND.
What the union-hating employees fail to see here is that a tiered hourly salary is right around the corner. Shortly after the celebration of this union defeat, as soon as the management cheerleaders grow tired of thrusting their pom-poms skyward, their ever-loving management is going to take their hourly salary downward. For example, union employees will make $15 an hour whilst non-union members will see their pay slashed to $10 an hour, for the exact same work position. The former cheerleaders will have absolutely no recourse in behalf of their decimated hourly wage and management/business owners will laugh heartedly... all the way to da bank! You won! SNAAAP!
In the 1920-30's the only currency wanton greed understood, outside of physical money, was fractured skulls. Unfortunately, history is likely to repeat itself. Pinkerton is ready... are you? :P
"No one should be compelled to extortion"
WOW... you've been out of the work force that long? Half the middle management in America lost it's careers in 2007-08. The At-Will Employment Act allows employers to have (force) you sign a new contract annually. In it... they can change terms freely. Most people don't have millions or entitlements in supplement. That means the dynamics can wane annually. Unions were created for a reasons that offset what non-Founder Inheritors concoct. I find it disgusting that retirees sit on bleachers and cheer for the servitude of current and future America. Damn all of you.
No one should be compelled to extortion -- uh I mean pay union dues. We just saw and heard who the thugs were. Union members beating people, tearing down opposition tents, threatening blood in the streets. They are no different than the mafia organizations that ran them years ago before the feds took them down under the RICO act.
Where is pro-choice now? We all have the right to CHOOSE whether to join a union. Besides, no union labor monopoly means MORE JOBS REDISTRIBUTED to more people.
Time for Obama to get out of the way and stop living in the past and get his incompetent persona back to the Whitehouse.
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