“There will be blood,” State Representative Douglas Geiss threatened from the floor of the Michigan House of Representatives today as the body debated legislation that would make Michigan the nation’s 24th right to work state. “I really wish we had not gone here,” Geiss continued. “It is the leadership in this house that has led us here. The same leadership that tried to throw a bomb right on election day, leading to a member switching parties, and came in at the 11th hour with a gotcha bill. For that, I do not see solace,
Comments: What a shock. Unions behaving like the worthless, violent jerks that they are. s/o
Two school distrits in Macomb County were closed today because the teachers all called in ´sick´ to go protest. They´re right - they are sick. We are sick too. Sick of unions who think their so-called ´rights´ trump everyone else´s.
Michigan has both the highest unionization and unemployment rates in the Midwest.
A correlation perhaps? Unions, like bad governments, exist only to perpetuate themselves and the lifestyles of the ´leadership´. Anybody who thinks unions are doing them any favors is kidding themselves. Ask why so many jobs are outsourced. Union leaderships and this administration should all be imprisoned indefinitely.
What a bunch of jerks, there will be blood, come up with a better saying. So employees can decide if they want to give unions money instead of unions taking their money under threat of force and bodily harm.
#19, you must have missed my lecture on the subject yesterday. A union shop clause in a collective bargaining agreement requires, as a condition of continuing employment, the employee to pay union dues. The employee does not have to join the union. What Michigan is doing is exercising their 14(B) right under the Taft Hartley act, which allows a state to make union shop clauses in collective bargaining agreements legally unenforceable. And the teacher sickout has nothing to do, directly, with the 14(b) issue, since the taft hartley act does not apply to state and local employee unions. (there are teeny tiny aspects of Taft Hartley that do apply to state and local unions, but that subject is too arcane to discuss here.)
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