Teamster President Jimmy Hoffa Jr. warned of “civil war” after Michigan Governor Snyder signed right to work into law.

The new law prohibits union membership as a condition of employment.

Zero Hedge reported:

Minutes before Michigan Governor Snyder signed the ‘Right-To-Work’ bill into law…

•MICHIGAN GOVERNOR SNYDER SIGNS BAN ON MANDATORY UNION DUES
… Teamsters head Jimmy Hoffa appeared on CNN, as seen in the clip below, warning that:

“This is just the first round of a battle that’s going to divide this state. We’re going to have a civil war,”

as the bill to weaken unions’ power is passed. If Hoffa is right, look for Michigan GDP to soar: after all it is one of the more Keynesian states in the union.

 

 

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  1. Good job Gov. Snyder!

  2. do politicans have the right to force people to pay union dues? if the choice is let people decide if they want to pay the union dues or not you can bet the party of choice will be opposed to it.

  3. Every state in the union needs right to work laws. Every state needs to abolish public employee unions.

  4. Hoffa makes a good point. It is undemocratic for lame duck legislatures to pass legislation. Shaazamm!!! Now where is Hoffa’s criticism at the federal level? Senate passed ObamaCare in a lame duck session. If they had waited, Scott Brown would have been the senator from MA.

  5. Yeh Jimmie, let’s put it on the ballot like California did with Prop8 and the voters voted to change the constitution to outlaw gay marriage. Then the activist judges came along and said it doesn’t fit my idea of society, and struck it down. We aren’t stupid. We know you will intimidate and threaten anyone who doesn’t agree with you. You have already spent tens of millions on this initiative and it was still passed. You cannot bully people into submission. You make over a million dollars a year and you give the workers a false sense of security when you squeeze the businesses right out of business, but you don’t care, you just go to the next business and worker and demand more money for your pockets. You are a joke. You and this administration are not lovers of freedom, but of yourselves. You love to destroy life (abortion), destroy business (unions), destroy marriage (gay marriage) and destroy freedom (Marxist philosophies). The freeloaders might be fooled, but you do not fool the Patriots of this country. Stand down. Keep your threats of civil war to yourself unless you really want to be the first to go.

  6. Bill won’t take effect for 90 days. FYI

  7. Snyder/Walker in 2016!

  8. “Jimmy Hoffa Jr. warned of “civil war”

    Warned? Or threatened?

    If Hoffa had any sense, he would have seen this coming at least 4 years ago when federal and state had obviously spun out of control.

    But back then, Hoffa and a lot of other people with him were too busy dipping their own beaks to care about the future of America or anyone else in it.

    They were taking the blue pill. Now that they finally have to take a red pill they’re waking up to the painful reality. Who can blame them for being angry when they finally wake up to this? Even the people who saw it coming all along are angry.

    But anger won’t fix any of the problems we have. Complaining it’s not my fault solves nothing.

    Fact is, our government is broke. Fact is, it can no longer afford to keep its promises – - and so it won’t. The country has run out of money, and is rapidly maxing out its credit. Something has to give and so social entitlements and privileges that were promised are rapidly crumbling away. The question now is what can be salvaged? Fact is – that won’t be anything like what we’ve had before.

    Throwing a tantrum in the streets and swearing and beating up other Americans won’t fix our problems – any more than they have in Greece.

    Obama always said he wanted to bring fundamental change to America. How many people who voted for him believed he meant this?

  9. Do Right-To-Work states hurt wages?
    Posted by: Dee DePass under Compensation, Union newsUpdated: March 23, 2012 – 12:11 PM
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    Opponents of the “Right-to-Work” rules that Republicans want to bring to Minnesota offered a strong defense this week with a new economic study showing that women and minorities are disproportionately hurt when union dues and membership become optional.

    The study, by the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., found that women and minorities were “disproportionately affected by lower wages and job losses” when union rules were changed.

    Let’s back up. Just what does right-to-work (RTW) mean?

    Currently, Minnesota is not a right-to-work state. That means that union members who work in a unionized company must pay union dues to help offset the costs of collective bargaining.

    Republican legislators and even some workers argue that not all workers want to be in a union and that paying dues should be a choice. Republicans argue that union dues are expensive and take money out of the pockets of workers.

    Opponents, such as the AFL-CIO, The American Federation of Teachers and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), argue that union dues are minor and that in exchange, union membership gives workers higher wages and job protections that would not exist but for collective bargaining. Some unions, such as the teachers federation and SEIU, note that many of their locals are comprised of 71 percent women. So a change to the law could hurt dramatically. Other unions such as the United Auto Workers argue that union rules equalized wages for minority auto workers.

    Back to the study. Just what did the Economic Policy Institute find?:

    * Women’s wages dropped 4.4 percent in states where unionized companies made union dues optional. (Men’s wages were 1.7 percent lower).

    * The hit to wages was higher among non-whites. Blacks and Hispanics were paid 4.8 percent and 4.4 percent less than their non-union peers.

    * On average, annual wages and benefits are $1,500 lower in RTW states than for comparable workers in non-RTW states — for both union and nonunion workers.

    * Right-to-work laws widened the pay gap between men and women.

    The battle at the State Capitol goes on and it is unclear if Republicans have the necessary votes to force a change. Regardless labor organizers say they will lobby hard until the measure dies. Stay tuned. Similar battles have played out in Ohio and Indiana to equally polarizing effect.

  10. PS – galling as it may be for some to admit, it’s all proceeding exactly as Glenn Beck predicted.

  11. “* On average, annual wages and benefits are $1,500 lower in RTW states than for comparable workers in non-RTW states — for both union and nonunion workers.”

    But still higher, I suppose, than unemployment compensation. Correct?

  12. In the battle between parasites and the host, always bet on the host, if the host has accepted they have an infestation of parasites.

  13. Jr will find out how daddy became part of a parking lot if he keeps talking smack. Hush now jr and go home.

  14. their own tent and videotaped it — for Faux News:

    There’s a video on heavy rotation at Fox News, being massively retweeted by conservatives and Americans for Prosperity, where they talk about the “brutality” and “violence” of union members at today’s rally in Lansing, Michigan to protest Right to Work legislation. The video shows an Americans for Prosperity tent coming down on the front lawn of the Capitol Building.

    As it turns out, American for Prosperity (AFP) themselves were responsible for at least one of the tents coming down. Tom Duckworth watched one of the folks that had been in the AFP tent go around and loosen the straps on the tent. According to Duckworth, “the tent came down from the INSIDE.”

    [Above is] video, shot in the office of Progress Michigan, of Duckworth being interviewed by former Progress Michigan Executive Director David Holtz:

  15. Jimmy’s probably cranky because he’s hungry. Here, have a Twinkie.

    No, wait…

  16. time to build another Giants stadium.



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