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By JGillman, Section News
As you might know, the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation is representing kindergarten teacher Miriam Chanski, and others,in a class suit against the Michigan education association.
"The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation is filing a lawsuit on behalf of Miriam Chanski and several other plaintiffs against the Michigan Education Association over the union's misreading of Michigan's right-to-work law. The union is enforcing an outdated policy referred to as the "August Window," which limits members' ability to exercise their first amendment rights to one month out of the year. .. "And elsewhere, the MEA is pushing its own rules, or at least those it sees in a contract it says must be enforced
"On March 26, 2013 WB-RC officials offered a $10,000 buyout for any qualifying teacher who left the school district that year, an incentive superintendent Dan Cwayna said the district had used in the past to encourage needed staff reductions.Which brings us to last nights discussion on Hannity with Patrick Wright, and plaintiff Miriam Chanski.
If one was to only read the story today by Tom Gantert at Capitol Confidential, it might seem strange that the Mackinac Center advocates a very oppressive position.
A quick read of the article makes it seem that the Mackinac Center is suing the Teamsters to compel them to represent a non-paying employee in a grievance action. It seemed strange to read:
"The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation filed a lawsuit Thursday on behalf of four former Teamsters union workers who say charging them a fee to file a grievance because they opted out of paying dues is in violation of the right-to-work law passed in December.But.. aren't they NOT paying for that service?
Gantert's story DOES reference the key:
"The lawsuit contends that even though the four employees no longer pay dues, they still are forced to be represented by the union."However, it is something that might also be said to mean 'the union still negotiates the salary/benefits'; often used to make the 'free-rider' argument by labor supporters.
The real story lies elsewhere.
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By JGillman, Section News
Recall that Snyder was backed into signing the Freedom To Work Act, but now needs to defend it.
Part of that task is to provide an atmosphere that PROMOTES a healthy dialogue between employer and employee. A couple of points made below should be noted.
Michigan Freedom To Work, a coalition of union and merit shop workers, employers, retirees and thousands of grass roots activists favoring more Michigan jobs, labor freedom and workers' choice, today announced its analysis of proposed Medicaid expansion in Michigan.
"Medicaid expansion as proposed in HB 4714 is anti-worker and anti-jobs,"Said Brian Pannebecker, spokesman for Michigan Freedom To Work and a UAW/Ford employee.
"It is designed to triple Medicaid payments and add nearly 500,000 more to Michigan Medicaid rolls. It will encourage employers to hold down hours and wages, and place a glass ceiling over those workers seeking advancement. Earn a quarter raise and lose your insurance? Many of those already having private sector insurance will lose that preferred care and they will be dumped on Federal public insurance. It may save some companies money to push some of their operating costs on our grand children but it will disrupt the employer/employee relationship and shock Michigan's fledgling recovery into a tail spin. That is not wise public policy.Agreed.
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Although I almost always mean our servicemen overseas, there is no doubt we have others to whom we will be indebted very soon.
The folks who are in the midst of the Freedom to work battle, and occupying the AFP tents. To the high power individuals who stepped up and put this over the top. To the folks who are in the midst of deliberations, and will have to endure the phone assaults, curses, and procedural tortures ad nauseum. And to our state police who will be expected to keep the peace with little or no help from Virg Bernero's personal security detail (the Lansing Police). To the folks at home giving strength to our besieged legislators. And last but not least, to the the workers who have endured the dignity robbing pain of supporting illicit and unacceptable political agendas of union leadership, simply for wishing to put food on their families' table.
God bless you all tomorrow, and going forward.
By Corinthian Scales, Section News
Oops! Wrong headline. Sorry about that. Lansing Dems have their lady parts in a tizzy over the State Human Resources honcho reminding employees to exercise caution while there are belligerents, Emma Goldman malcontents, Proudhon geriatrics, and every other form of AstroTurf that unions can herd to the Dome by the bus loads.
Jamie Foxx, was only talking about "I kill all the white people in the movie. How great is that?"
That, I am reasonably sure Lansing Dems are good with even though their highest ranking Democrat in the nation is half White. But, that just doesn't fit into the Democratic Party optics, does it?
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Like flies to vinegar.
The Detroit News
Sure gains my support, and "respect" for their "profession".
Obama is making an unannounced visit to Michigan Monday.
Airspace reports a clearing for Airforce One on Monday at noon till 3pm. This means that the president will be in Michigan the day before our legislature finalizes, and Snyder signs off on the dotted line, Michigan's Freedom To Work (choose) legislation.
Obama has already weighed in on yesterday's legislative activity in Lansing:
"White House spokesman Matt Lehrich says Obama has long opposed right to work laws, "and he continues to oppose them now."As usual with a misunderstood version of what 'rights' are.
Continue to support your legislators by writing, emailing, and calling.
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So the unions want to put an ANTI-RTW ballot initiative up for a vote in Michigan?
Go ahead suckers.
The huff and puffery of Democrat and Union leadership is simply meant to shake the foundation of the fence sitters in the legislature. Perhaps even to scare our governor Rick Snyder, who has commented on the divisiveness that our own Right To Work efforts might bring.
Senator Carlin Yoder in this video from the Michigan CPAC discusses the right to work effort and the final passage making Indiana the 23rd right to work state in the country.
It should be noted, Governor Mitch Daniels was not on the side of RTW until recently. He began to see the benefits of RTW for Indiana, and then, what many acknowledge as his competitive spirit, kicked in. Now Indiana is seeing immediate activity and interest as a result of its passing the Right to Work legislation.
Labor couldn't stop it there. And now their empty threats of rolling back labor related legislation passed in Michigan's 2011-2012 session will ring in the same failure.
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