Michigan enacted far-reaching legislation Tuesday that threatens to cripple the power of organized labor in a state that was a hub of union might during the heyday of the nation’s industrial dominance. As thousands of angry union members shouted their opposition outside the state Capitol in Lansing, the Republican-controlled legislature completed work on two measures to ban unions from requiring workers to pay membership dues. Gov. Rick Snyder (R) then signed them into law Tuesday evening. The “right to work” effort illustrates the power of Republicans to use state legislative majorities won in 2010
Never fear, unions. If your thuggery fails to get this law overturned, there is always liberal judge Furbish J. Bedwetter of the 174th Appellate court of South Ypsilanti Township who is ready to declare the law unconstitutional.
It doesn´ ban unions from forcing workers to pay dues. it makes unenforceable a union shop clause, which was agreed to by weak management at the bargaining table, creating an obligation for workers, as a condition of continuing employment, to pay dues. That is no longer enforceable in Michigan, along with 23 other 14B states, who previously had exercised their right under Section 14B of Taft Hartley.
Substitute the words "Organized Crime" for "Organized Unions", they are one and the same. Public Service Unions need to be destroyed. The Democrat/Union/Mainstream media complex is criminal enterprise on the American citizens.
I was at "ground zero" of the union´s thuggery Tuesday in Lansing.
I was in the Americans For Prosperity tent moments before the union thugs tore it down. We were told to bail out the back as the thugs rushed the front of the tent. Almost all made it out. A couple people were breifly trapped when the tent came down.
The real scandle here was the total lack of security on the Captial grounds by any police. There were no police to help keep the union thugs back. 911 and Capital Police were called repeatedly to no avail.
After this, I went to my State Congressman, Genetski to lodge a formal complain about this security failure. Even I as a mere Sergeant in the Guard could have done better in deploying forces to keep peace. The head of security must be made to answer to this failure.
Early this evening I was interviewed at my home by WoodTV about this. It was a very good interview, but the footage of my complaint ended on the cutting room floor. I know it is all digital now. The term still fits.
So a false story about a "peaceful" union protest continues. When other people´s property is damged/destroyed and people´s safety is in danger, it is NOT peaceful.
This was a mob. Any mob, whatever the cause, must never be tolerated on the ground of any state capital.
Security heads must be made to answer for this failure. Dismissal must be on the table for this failure
Unions extort egregious artificially high salaries and benefits from weak management or spendthrift government and then bring out the thugs when anyone challenges their racket, as if they are entitled to play their scam in perpetuity. Workers need to continue to insist on the right to jobs without being under the union thumb. That Obama sides with unions is no surprise since his support is unconditional as long as they vote for him and their support (votes) is unconditional as along as he supports them in their scam ... It´s called corruption.
The police need to be arrested for failing to enforce the Law.
All of these Anti-American Union Marxist thugs need to be treated the way they are treating others. "They" (whoever they are) say violence is not the answer. But sometimes, just sometimes, it is the only way to get through the low IQ´d union worker. If there were a few broken arms and legs where they couldn´t work maybe they´d think twice the next time.
I think I read that the police and firefighters are exempt from the new laws which would explain why the police didn´t interfere. As a Michigander for the first time in many years I´m proud of my state. Gov. Snyder done good.
I´m sure the unions will take it to court and do recalls of all involved. Why is it sacred to have freedom of choice to kill a baby but not whether to join a union?
#12...The people who say that "violence is never the answer" are the same liberals and progressives and communists by any other name who perpetrate the violence. If violence was never the answer, Europe would still be a Nazi dominion now. There is no talking to idiots and, personally, I was thinking how those underfed union thugs would be difficult to miss.
I went to a tea party rally at the capitol in Lansing back in 2009. Nothing like you saw yesterday. People were very peaceful and respectful. Also, the Lansing Police Department is literally across the street from the capitol. So much for enforcing the law.
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