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    Tag: Forced Unionism

    Michigan GOP Threatens "Legal Options"?

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Thu Mar 22, 2012 at 03:41:22 PM EST
    Tags: Michigan, Randy Richardville, RTW, FTW, MiFTW, Right-To-Work, Senate, Labor, Forced Unionism, No Confidence (all tags)


    Instead of acknowledging that there is trouble within the Michigan Senate, it might appear that the Senate GOP is going to circle the wagons.

    Not so worried about that.

    Around these parts we certainly acknowledge Michigan Senate majority leader Randy Richardville is a lousy excuse for a Republican.  He obviously has a conflict going on inside the ol oil can with regard to which side of the labor argument to be on.  He is a Republican.  However, and unnaturally, he seems to side with the goons that feast on the poor and unfortunate, that have more than enough problems without the help of a skim scam being protected by self service:

    "On Wednesday, March 14, Sen. Dave Hildenbrand, R-Lowell, introduced Senate Bill 1018. The measure mirrors House Bill 4003, which was designed to stop the "skim" and prevent future forced unionizations. Co-sponsoring Hildenbrand's bill are 21 Senate Republicans. Only 20 votes are needed to pass legislation in the Senate.

    This should mean there are now 22 GOP Senators leaning toward voting "yes' on HB 4003 and sending it to the Governor. However, they can't vote for the bill if Sen. Richardville refuses to put it up for a vote."

    This has resulted in a number of criticisms (well deserved I might add) of the maj. leader about him pursuing his own agenda; one that is paid for in some way with union support.

    It has also created an atmosphere where the population at large, and those within his district are fed up enough to seek ANY legitimate effort to have him ousted. Their argument?  He does not represent Republicans, any more than Mark Brewer of the Michigan Democrats does.  

    ~ below the fold ~

    (4 comments, 853 words in story) Full Story

    Skoop: RTW Not going away

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Sun Jan 22, 2012 at 01:45:40 PM EST
    Tags: Skubick, Michigan, Snyder, Right-To-Work, FTW, RTW, Freedom-To-Work, Labor, Forced Unionism (all tags)

    Damn straight mister.

    Relentless Positive Action is a sissified way of saying "I don't want confrontation with labor" by Mr Snyder.

    No one expected Rick Snyder, the left of center Republican governor to EMBRACE Right To Work, but at some points, in order to continue getting support for his other pet projects he has said [privately] he will "sign if it comes to his desk."  The outward warning now, is to make sure that doesn't happen, or at least to buy him some time until this years election removes a Republican majority from the state house. A loss NOT due to conservative action, but that which has capitulated to the non conservative participation with the governor's agenda. Skubick opines:

    "Some Republicans are taking the risk and ignoring their governor's pleas to leave this alone because they can't help it. Now that they have hefty majorities in both the House and Senate, some believe it will help to cement their own re-elections with conservative voters back home. Plus they've been itching for years to do it."

    Yes, and Yes.

    The majorities exist now, and may not again, unless the Republicans embrace that which brought them there.  A strong conservative message coupled by bold action that will help workers in this state face down the liberal leftist labor elements that handicap it in the global marketplace. Snyder's reinvention of picking winners can hardly match the strength of policy that encourages naturally, the strong development of vibrant business in Michigan.

    One needs to remember that much of the success and wealth accumulated by this executive office holder was done so as the result of government-business partnerships.

    He knows no other way. More below

    (2 comments, 419 words in story) Full Story

    A Message To Our Legislators - Beware False Choices

    Richardville Out of Touch With His Party, His Constituents and the Needs of His State

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Fri Jan 20, 2012 at 09:14:31 AM EST
    Tags: Michigan, Randy Richardville, RTW, FTW, MiFTW, Right-To-Work, Senate, Labor, Forced Unionism, No Confidence (all tags)

    As many of you may know, I have been involved in trying to help bring Michigan into the 21st century by advocating Right-to-Work policies, and/or getting government out of business altogether.  In our corner of the state, even drafting and passing a resolution by the Grand Traverse County board of commissioners in support of Michigan Freedom to work. This resolution has been the template for a number of counties who followed our lead, in the hopes of encouraging lawmakers to bring right to work to Michigan.

    This morning, I received this from the Michigan Freedom To Work Committee:

    The MIRS Weekly Report - "Senate Majority Leader Randy RICHARDVILLE (R-Monroe) told reporters Wednesday that he doesn't believe there are enough votes in the GOP caucus for Right to Work (RTW) legislation."  Regarding his personal position on Right to Work, "The Majority Leader said that he would be a "no" vote on RTW."

    MIRS also reports, Michigan's unemployment rate this year is projected to be 9.4 percent and won't average below 9 percent until 2014... University of Michigan (U-M) economist George FULTON noted that the jobless rate remains "stubbornly high."  Unemployment was at 12.5 percent in 2010 and fell to 10.5 percent in 2011. It's forecasted to be 9.2 percent in 2013 and 8.7 percent in 2014.   http://www.michamber.com/mirs-weekly-report-0#RTW

    "From this I can only gather that Majority Leader Richardville is content with an economy that is staggering at best," said UAW member and MI-Freedom to Work Chairman, Terry Bowman. "Is he satisfied with an unemployment rate of 10%?

    "If Richardville is opposed to Right to Work he is in direct opposition to the wishes of 70% of Michigan voters including many in his own district.  As a Monroe native, I know firsthand that there is much support for Right to Work in his district. "

    More Below ~

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    Before we forget

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Mon Oct 31, 2011 at 09:19:38 PM EST
    Tags: Kahn, Richardville, Corruption, Forced Unionism, RINO, Dirty Tricks, Collusion, Who knows what else., Michigan, SEIU (all tags)

    What the heck is going on here?

    I can hardly keep up with the scandal laden atmosphere that apparently is still Michigan.  One piece of work that in my view has a prison sentence with the former governor's name all over it, is the forced unionization scam that was perpetrated on the very folks who could hardly realize in time what was happening much less have a chance to object.  A plan so deliberate and sinister, it took on a life that apparently continues to this day.

    What is going on I ask?!

    "For the state to operate a dubiously formed government entity that has been defunded by the Legislature seems unprecedented," said Patrick Wright, director of the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation. "But such shenanigans aren't entirely surprising given the origination of this agency and the machinations to preserve it for the sake of skimming `union dues' from independent contractors."

    Wright was referring to documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request filed by the Mackinac Center that point to behind-the-scenes legislative efforts to keep the council operating by other means. Among the documents, emails indicate that Sen. Roger Kahn, R-Saginaw Twp., was particularly focused on maintaining MQCCC."

    Ah crap.  We have criminal activities on our side too?

    There can be only one way a republican could move to support what was at the least a vary BAD mistake, and more likely a collusive effort between a cash seeking union and our former governor. Victims were many, yet there are still those who wish to see more.

    Kahn? Fess up. Spill the beans on the shenanigans you and Richardville are involved in, and walk away with SOME form of dignity.  You are about to see a whole lot of fun here with your name on it.

    Your move.

    (5 comments) Comments >>

    Just Need Clarity Mr Richardville

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Tue Sep 13, 2011 at 05:42:38 PM EST
    Tags: Michigan, Randy Richardville, Right-To-Work, FTW, RTW, Freedom-To-Work, Senate, Majority Leader, Unions, Labor, Teachers, Slave Mind, Forced Unionism (all tags)

    The Michigan Senate has an issue.

    Perhaps a temper tantrum throwing majority leader issue.

    As you all know, I support Right-To-Work.  I not only support it, but have done what is in my power to advance it, guide it, and bring a level of freedom of association, liberty etc., back to the workplace in Michigan.  Forced unionism has no place in a free land. it is antithetical to a country based on free will, a belief in the individual and responsibility.

    Yet here we are having to perpetually remind our leadership that it is time to do a little soul searching with regard to labor relations. With contracts between free men, and agreeable partners. In fact I have opined/questioned in an email conversation recently:

    "Under what obscene circumstances should I abrogate my liberty, my freedom of association, and pay a ransom for the privilege of applying my craft, or negotiating a trade arrangement with an agreeable employer?"
    For government to set the terms of my employment contract with another, it requires capitulation to an oppressive NLRB rule, one that somehow has made it through far too many seasons already.  

    It is wrong. It is immoral. It requires a "slave's mindset." And I will see it ended before I am through fighting it.

    ~ More below ~

    (14 comments, 688 words in story) Full Story

    Right To Work Statistics - Disposable Cash

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Tue Jun 14, 2011 at 10:29:22 PM EST
    Tags: Higher wages, lower cost of living, RTW, Right To Work, Forced Unionism, Freedom To Work, FTW, Michigan (all tags)

    The last post on this should have been challenged.  While it was true it has little bearing in the end.  Being affected by how many folks you pack into a house, shared expenses in other ways etc., really play more into the whole bang for the buck thing.  Cut your expenses, and whatever it is that you bring in goes a bit farther.  Michigan still has higher cost of living than other states, and particularly as compared to states with freedom to work laws.

    I am not sure about all of the whys, but it is consistent when averaged.  People in Right-to-Work states have more coin, bread, bucks, capital, cash, scratch, chips, coin, coinage, dough, greenbacks, or gravy when the day is done.  By nearly $2,000 average.

    Disposable income higher in Right to Work states

    Employees enjoy higher income, lower cost of living in Right to Work states

    Cost of Living-Adjusted Per Capita Disposable Personal Income

    Right to Work States . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $35,543
    Forced-Unionism States . . . . . . . . . . . . . $33,389
    National Average . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $34,256

    Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC);
    BEA; Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census (BOC)

    (17 comments) Comments >>

    Right To Work Statistics - Higher Income!

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Mon Jun 13, 2011 at 11:33:42 AM EST
    Tags: Higher wages, Wyoming, Virginia, Nevada, Florida, North Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, South Dakota, Texas, Iowa, Louisiana, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Tennessee, RTW, Right To Work, Forced Unionism, Freedom To Work, FTW, Michigan (all tags)

    Often the argument against Right-To-Work laws is a flippant "Oh yeah .. Right to work for less" type of response.  Many of those who say that might actually believe it, but the truth is far different.

    Personal income is higher in Right to Work states

    Yessiree, employees in Right to Work states enjoy higher personal income per capita than in Michigan.

    Per recent census data:

    Wyoming           $48,608
    Virginia                44,224
    Nevada                41,182
    Florida                 39,893
    North Dakota        39,870
    Nebraska             39,150
    Kansas                38,820
    South Dakota       38,661
    Texas                  37,774
    Iowa                    37,402
    Louisiana             36,424
    Oklahoma            35,985
    North Carolina      35,344
    Tennessee           34,976

    Michigan            $34,949

    Source: 2010 U.S. Census: Personal income per capita

    (5 comments) Comments >>

    Right To Work Statistics - Job Creation

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Sat Jun 11, 2011 at 10:54:50 PM EST
    Tags: More Jobs, Texas, Florida, Arizona, Virginia, Nevada, Less Jobs, Michigan, California, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, RTW, Right To Work, Forced Unionism, Freedom To Work, FTW (all tags)

    Regulars know I am pushing for Freedom to work (right to work) in Michigan.  Part of the argument going forward in this state will be to present the data for all to see. For this installment, we look at the top Job creating states versus the bottom.

    Right to Work states lead the nation in creating new jobs (1999-2009)

    1. Texas              +866,000
    2. Florida             +291,600
    3. Arizona            +194,800    
    4. Virginia            +138,400
    5. Nevada            +124,500

    Michigan and other forced unionism states lead the nation in losing jobs (1999-2009)

    1. California        -170,400
    2. Indiana           -225,300
    3. Illinois            -332,700    
    4. Ohio              -508,200
    50. Michigan       -687,600

    Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor

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