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    Michigan is the new Wisconsin

    Michigan is the new Wisconsin

    I haven’t been following this closely, but it bears attention.  The Michigan legislature last week passed “right to work” legislation which would deprive unions of automatic union dues deductions, among other things.

    Already protests similar to what took place in Wisconsin have started at the Capitol in Lansing.  Via my favorite progressive blogger, Allison Kilkenny:

    Right to work legislation is a mortal threat to unions.  And the Democrats the unions helped elect are coming to the aid of the unions.  Harry Reid has termed the legislation an “assault.”

    The Michigan congressional delegation has warned the Governor of the fight to come, according to Greg Sargent of WaPo who has good Democratic sources, “Right to work” push guarantees all out war in Michigan”:

    Top Democrats in the Michigan Congressional delegation just wrapped up their meeting with Governor Rick Snyder, during which they urged him in no uncertain terms: If you go forward with “right to work” legislation, you’ll be consigning the state to years of discord and division. They urged him to consider vetoing the legislation or postponing it until the next session — or even agreeing subjecting it to referendum…..

    The tenor of the meeting, which participants described as urgent and intense, underscores the gravity of the situation — not just for Democrats, but for the state itself. Dems told Snyder that forging ahead with “right to work” legislation risked undermining the progress in labor-management relations in the state and could create a situation similar to Wisconsin, where an ongoing battle over collective bargaining tore the state apart for over a year.

    Michigan appears headed for the same long, strange trip Wisconsin experienced, assuming Gov. Snyder has the guts of Gov. Walker.

    But as the economic experience in Wisconsin shows, it’s worth the effort.

    Stay strong Gov. Snyder.

    Update:  Byron York: Dems in all-out fight for union power in Michigan


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    Browndog | December 10, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    For a conglomerate of great articles and insights into the subject matter….from ground zero.

    Ragspierre | December 10, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Good piece here…

    How does one oppose a “right to work?”

    By being a BIG GOVERNMENT Collectivist.

    wendybar | December 10, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    You can’t blame people for wanting to be in the Unions, when you see that the men who got caught drinking and smoking pot on the job for Chrysler and got fired got their jobs back after an arbortrator claimed it was unconstitutional. I guess if your union is powerful enough…there isn’t anything you can do to get fired.

    Actually, Michigan is the new Indiana. Hoosier GOP legislators and Governor Daniels put up with these same protests last year. We heard that the GOP didn’t campaign with a RTW platform and we would be sorry.

    Michigan followed the Indiana model and passed it when the Jackasses could not play their quorum game.

    I wonder when the Michigan union mobsters are going to figure out that their failed push for a constitutional change to establish collective bargaining and unionism as rights has now backfired.

    Hats off to the good work done by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy to influence job-hungry Michiganders to get behind RTW.

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