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Michigan ‘Right to Work’ Measure Passes, Thousand Protest *VIDEO UPDATE*

As expected, the so-called “right to work” measure was approved by legislators, with Republican Gov. Rick Snyder earlier saying he would sign it. As reported at DemocracyNow:

Pushed through before Democrats gain five House seats in the new legislature next month, opponents call the effort an organized attack against labor that will suppress wages and weaken collective bargaining rights. ‘He’s (Snyder) decided to support the most divisive piece of legislation that’s ever come forward in Michigan,’ says Democratic Michigan State Representative Brandon Dillon.

From NBC News:

Michigan lawmakers gave final approval Tuesday to legislation that would sharply limit labor rights, passing the first of two measures over the objections of thousands of people packing the Capitol in protest, some of whom chanted ‘Shame on you!’ at lawmakers from the House gallery.

The legislation passed by a 58-51 vote. Michigan will become the 24th “right to work” state.

As the vote was taking place, as many as 10,000 people descended on the Capitol, State Police estimated, prompting authorities to restrict access to the building because it was at its capacity of 2,000. The overflow filled the lawn and stretched down East Michigan Avenue to the Lansing Center across the river several blocks away.

About 200 onlookers filled the gallery overlooking the House floor Tuesday.

(Eleanor Roosevelt quote via Being Liberal)

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9 Responses to Michigan ‘Right to Work’ Measure Passes, Thousand Protest *VIDEO UPDATE*

  1. mjsmith December 11, 2012 at 8:24 pm #

    The People had spoken!

    Detroit is a perfect example of why I am against liberal policies and forced union membership.

    Michigan the State that I love is going in the right direction.

    • StrideHyde December 11, 2012 at 9:11 pm #

      “Detroit is a perfect example of why I am against liberal policies and forced union membership.”

      Detroit the city is the perfect example? No one in Detroit or anywhere else is forced to be a member of a union.

      • mjsmith December 11, 2012 at 9:26 pm #

        People in Detroit and throughout Michigan are indeed forced to join a union as terms of employment.

        Now the People of Michigan chose to be part of the list of Right to Work States.

  2. tonyb39 December 11, 2012 at 9:51 pm #

    I was born and raised in Michigan and lived most of my life there working for GM in Flint and you are about nonsense.. The people of Michigan remember the glory days brought to them by unions and hard work.. Nine of your right wing, anti union rhetoric will change that.. Republican’s
    are the most undemocratic party there is as they ram through what they know the people of Michigan will not agree with..

    • mjsmith December 12, 2012 at 6:38 am #

      tonyb39 – The unions lost. People in Michigan are not working. People have every Right to join a union. People also have the Right NOT to join a Union.

      I know people are very fond of their unions. I do not deny that union had done great things.

      Look at unemployment rates in Flint this year - – just over 15% on a good month. Which union is going to bring back the “glory days”?”

      The People of Michigan want this and that is why they elected the people they did.

      • angels81 December 12, 2012 at 8:54 am #

        First off mjsmith, people did not elect these cowards for this. None of these clowns ran on pulling crap like this. The governor would have never been elected if he had said this was what he planned to do. This was done with no citizen input, no hearings, no debate and rammed threw overnight and signed all in two days by a lame duck congress, who could never have gotten this passed by the incoming congress.

        This whole process was undemocratic and nothing more then political pay back by cowards who had to do this behind everyone’s backs and in secret.

        • mjsmith December 12, 2012 at 9:05 am #

          angels81 – Why do you feel people should be forced to join a union? Why should people be forced to pay union dues? Is this your idea of democracy?

          People want to work.

          The unions are clearly presenting themselvesas a mob of thugs.

          Michigan is now a Right to Work State and the People of Michigan are going to be better off for it.

  3. TPAZ December 12, 2012 at 4:37 am #

    “Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought?… Has it ever occurred to your, Winston, that by the year 2050, at the very latest, not a single human being will be alive who could understand such a conversation as we are having now?… The whole climate of thought will be different. In fact, there will be no thought, as we understand it now. Orthodoxy means not thinking-not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.”

    George Orwell, 1984

  4. mjsmith December 12, 2012 at 11:36 am #

    Why didn’t you use this video?

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