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Mich. legislators defy unions, OK right-to-work



Published: Fri, December 7, 2012 @ 1:13 p.m.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — In an audacious flex of political muscle, Republicans in a single day reached the brink of a goal that for years has seemed an all-but-impossible dream: making the labor bastion of Michigan a right-to-work state.

The GOP majority used its superior numbers and backing from Gov. Rick Snyder to ramrod legislation through the House and Senate on Thursday, brushing aside denunciations and walkouts by helpless Democrats and cries of outrage from union activists who swarmed the state Capitol hallways and grounds. At one point, police used pepper spray to subdue demonstrators who tried to rush the Senate chamber.

"Shame! Shame on you!" protesters chorused from the gallery as the Senate voted. Earlier, security guards removed a man who yelled, "Heil Hitler! Heil Hitler! That's what you people are." Another shouted, "We will remember in November."

The right-to-work laws would prohibit what are known as "closed shops," in which workers are required to join a union or pay fees that are equivalent to union dues as a condition of employment.

Michigan could become the 24th state with a right-to-work law next week. Rules require a five-day wait before the House and Senate vote on each other's bills; lawmakers are scheduled to reconvene Tuesday and Snyder has pledged to sign the bills into law.


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1gdog4766(1402 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

What this idiot doesn't understand is what's about to happen. When I lived in Florida it became a right to work state and at will. The result were rock bottom wages,with sky high unemployment. These rescumlicans are out to destroy the middle class. If you are a working person you have to be crazy to vote,for these dirtballs.

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2JME(801 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

If the unions are as wonderful as they claim to be, they have nothing to worry about regarding membership loss.

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3JME(801 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

gdog,

In case you are that stupid, the Valley has been ran by democrats and unions, and this is the result:

"Forbes Magazine: Youngstown-Warren-Boardman-Pa. the worst-paying area in US"

http://www.vindy.com/news/2012/dec/04...

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