Friday, December 7, 2012

Michigan passes right to work legislation, Gov. Rick Snyder (R) expected to sign

Will wonders never cease. Just when the outlook for America looks darkest, as Obama's economic nuclear winter Fiscal Cliff scenario sets in, a ray of sunshine escapes from Michigan, of all places. Home of Detroit, unionized auto-worker wasteland.

Apparently, the Republican-dominated legislature yesterday passed two versions of right to work legislation in a lame duck session rapidly. This was to avoid damage to the capitol buildings of the type that happened in Madison, WI when the unions occupied buildings and destroyed public property in protest to legislation. The Michigan capitol was locked down. The proposed legislation would be impervious to public referendum, as it would be part of a million-dollar appropriations bill.

Republican Governor Rick Snyder voiced his support and pledged to sign the legislation that would give workers the opportunity to choose whether to be union members or not.

The legislation exempted public sector police and firefighters due to the dangerous nature of their work.
Right-to-work laws do not affect collective bargaining "except for taking away the union's ability to get a worker fired for not paying them (dues)," Vernuccio added.... 
Michigan State AFL-CIO President Karla Swift, in a statement posted on the United Auto Workers' website, said workers in right-to-work states make an average of $1,500 less per year and are less likely to have pensions or health care benefits. "The growth rate for right-to-work states before they adopted such policies is actually higher than the growth rate for these states after they adopted these laws," she said.
F. Vincent Vernuccio (of the Mackinac Center free market think tank) said the comparison was not a fair one. "They're comparing apples and oranges," he said. "When you factor in cost of living, workers are actually paid more in right-to-work states."
Angry union workers protested via social media.

Obama spokesman reiterated Obamas opposition to right to work laws.

Yay!

16 comments:

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

Some day I'll tell you about my union and my company selling me down the river.

LL said...

Right to work states attract new businesses. Old Labor states have a much rougher time doing that because it is simply a lot more expensive to do business there.

The union people and Barack Obama have forgotten that the reason that people risk capital and start businesses is to make PROFIT. Then again, profit is not part of the Communist Manifesto.

Opus #6 said...

Communist leaders say: "Profit for me, and not for thee."

Opus #6 said...

Odie, maybe that has something to do with your entrepreneurial spirit.

Teresa said...

Good news. Light among the darkness. Libs believe in "choice" so much they don't believe workers should have the right to choose whether or not they want to join a union.

Opus #6 said...

Choice is good as long as everybody chooses what the leftists believe in. NOT!

Old NFO said...

That's good news! Thanks for the update! Re the Swift statement... Maybe true, but the non-union workers HAVE JOBS and don't pay union dues, so they break even at the worst!

Rotti said...

Proud of my State, finally, and our legislature. I followed it all day long yesterday and they did an awsome job. Many of my friends were at the Capital in support. The union thugs tried to break the door down to the Senate and police locked them out finally. AFL then filed a lawsuit which didn't get far. A few weeks ago, MI also opted out of the Obamacare exchange. There is hope, at least a glimpse of it.


Opus #6 said...

Halleluya!

Race Bannon said...

If it sticks, Michigan may see the light that Wisconsin has seen, and labor unions will lose tens of millions in dues overnight...money that members will remember was theirs in the first place.

Opus #6 said...

Wisconsin, Michigan...where to next? Wait, don't say. Let's take the commies by surprise!

Kid said...

One small step for man...I was also darn surprised when I saw this one.

Unions are nothing but parasitic company killers anymore. There are enough labor laws on the books, unions aren't needed.

And firefighters? Heck yea, that firehouse lasagna can be awfully hot and burn the roof of your mouth if your not careful.

Red said...

".money that members will remember was theirs in the first place. " That's exactly what's at stake. It has always been about the money. Now when this legislation passes, watch where it goes and that will point you to the real motivation behind it. Whether or not union workers get a clue remains to be seen. I think they all have Stockholm Syndrome.

Fredd said...

Not so fast, you guys. Michigan is such a basketcase economically, no reasonble business CEO would ever consider moving their assets there considering the tax structure, in addition to the festering pus hole that is Detroit and its ever sucking money maw that destroys everything that comes near it.

Michigan passing this right to work legislation in an effort to right the ship is akin to Hitler issuing a pardon to all the Jews he killed in an effort to improve his PR image.

Doh! There I go mentioning Hitler again, which invalidates my entire point.

No it doesn't.

Nate said...

'Michigan passes right to work legislation, Gov. Rick Snyder (R) expected to sign'.

You missed the third line: Unions collectively soil their Pampers and bang their sippy-cups on their high-chair trays.

WoFat said...

When people trespass and break up public property, it's against the law. Some folks belong in jail. And please don't let anyone say, "If we arrested them they would have objected." Or pother words to that affect.