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By JGillman, Section News
In 2011, the new makeup of the Michigan legislature brought forth a new reality, and hope for Michigan workers and employers.
The possibility of Right-To-Work legislation in a state considered so incredibly 'hands off' was too unbelievable, that even the national right to work folks scoffed at those of us conferencing in Lansing were preparing it. They were planning some help for Indiana and possibly Ohio, but Michigan? No way.
We persisted, and believing the governor's pre-election pledge that if it came before him, he would sign it, daily efforts were made to advance this important freedom, and relief from organized labor's non-accountability. It was focused, and had too many parts that would eventually lead to its successful passage, to give credit to one entity, or idea or effort. All hands were on deck, and the trick was getting it in front of the governor to sign.
Which he did. And we thank him for honoring his promise.
While the fight to KEEP it will go on for a couple of years, we should celebrate this point in time with vigor.
Happy Workers Freedom day!
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By JGillman, Section News
In communities all over the state of Michigan, there has been a debate that will end March 27.
That debate is whether or not to advance contracts for bargaining units so that those units will operate under a closed shop for as long as possible. Union leadership, in order to extend their hold on the workers is willing to concede items already won. Public sector employers, seeing an opportunity to get concessions not so easily given before, is eager to capitulate. By golly taxpayers are well served, right? Win Win, right? Right?
I guess its a matter of perspective.
For the employees, they get to find out how well they have been served by their bargaining masters. Being locked in so that they can lose a perk or two, and with an added bonus of having several more years of unaccountability? A BARGAIN at half the price!
Even a contract signed as recently as November can be reopened and dealt away on the basis of expected health benefits costs, and a college which hopes to limit its exposure
" MCAAP and MCCFO took the offer, he surmised, because they were going to be subject to the health care changes before the end of 2013 anyway.".. by less than a year.
A few more shekels out of the employees pockets, so that they may remain the property of the union for an additional 5 months.
THAT'S accountability, yes?
Failure to heed basic economic logic unfolded in an physically violent way last week following Governor Rick Snyder signing a bill that does nothing more than provide workers with the freedom to decide whether or not to spend their hard-earned money on joining a union.
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Today is probably one of the most productive days in Michigan's public school year. Obama's minions, referred to by some as "teachers", are calling in sick en masse to protest "right-to-work" legislation. Never mind the insanity of needing a "law" passed to allow people to ply their trade unmolested, school children are getting a much needed respite from listening to mental midgets hammering their brains with ministry approved propaganda.
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There will be few if any supporters for a 2014 re-bid if Rick Snyder forgoes RTW legislation.
We are already hearing that he is attempting an end around with the labor leadership, and somehow the words "sneaky little $||IT" come to mind quickly. The time is perfect with all strategic perspectives considered, and the fact that we need to worry whether a Republican governor would sign such important civil rights legislation is amazing.
As I have already mentioned, it was good to see Devos and Weiser join in the fight. Now there is another high profile participant in the debate. A statement issued today:
"The Michigan Chamber of Commerce announced today its support for passage of "freedom to work" legislation that would prohibit employees in Michigan from being forced to join a union or provide financial support to a union as a condition of employment. Currently, Michigan employees can be forced to participate in a union and are required to contribute financially or face termination.
The Michigan Chamber represents approximately 6,400 businesses of every size and type in all 83 counties of the state. Michigan Chamber member businesses provide jobs to 1.5 million residents. One of every 2.6 employees in Michigan works for a Chamber member firm.
Well done, and good to see the support.
Now keep up the pressure until Snyder realizes the `divisive' politics he fears, will be between him the citizens of Michigan, and the party he represents.
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By JGillman, Section News
If you have ever wanted to be involved, or thought a legislator needed a little nudge, there is no better time than NOW to act.
The failure of proposal 2 in November's election drove home the fact that Michigan is ready to become the 24th Right To work state. The millions in big labor money spent to even further violate the civil rights of Michigan workers was not successful, and brought the issue out into a broader theater of debate. The Freedom to Work organization (disclosure: I am a member) was joined by political heavyweights Dick Devos and Ron Weiser who are now calling for action on this important piece of Michigan's future.
"MIRS News reports former Michigan Republican Party chairman Ron Weiser and 2006 GOP gubernatorial nominee Dick DeVos are putting the pressure on in the Senate, where Majority Leader Randy Richardville doesn't want to take it up."Though Richardville does not want it, he is apparently willing to watch it pass through that legislative body, now showing perhaps a couple votes to spare.
And labor leadership is freaking out. Kyle Olson, writes:
"Now the union is wringing its hands over a rumored Right to Work proposal that may be introduced and debated in the state legislature during the lame duck session.Indeed.
But we best not consider this a done deal until the guv's pen is to paper.
Update [2012-11-30 10:51:19 by JGillman]: As a bonus, here are a couple who REALLY want you to call them and offer support of Freedom to work. (H/T Jack Hoogendyk)
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MAJOR UPDATE BELOW!
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 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.
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You have to hand it to Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels for being a good conservative message carrier in the last few days.
By golly, standing up for something like Right-To-Work when there is an opportunity like no other is a pretty clear message with whom he might side. Contrast that to the moderate occupying the executive branch in our state, and we find that Michigan is indeed dark to the light in a state southern to us. Contrast it to the pandering to the left of some congressmen who represent Michigan, to others who understand the limitations placed on government, as their The edges are defined, and it appears there is no question if conservatives have a friend in Lansing, or Washington, or not.
Add to this, Mr Daniels was selected as the standard for rebuttal of the President's SOTU speech the other night, and even with a dry presentation it cut some clear lines of delineation between those of us on the right, and the left so often emulated by moderates. When Daniels answered Obama:"
In fact, looking at the health care exchange, and light bulbs, we can see that the second view has been alive and well in Michigan and those charged to represent us.
I hope the Republican establishment view that capitulating to the left's desires brings us together somehow, can be replaced by the solid philosophical grounding that conservatism brings. Sometimes one has to be strong. Rather than emulate even the most modest of progressive ideals which are nearly always counter productive, perhaps our Republican leaders in Michigan can learn a little from this perceived establishment governor, from a state with people so much like our own. Conservative messages well delivered will win. Solutions are at hand. We just need to use them.
And in both cases it demonstrates a measure of true leadership.
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