Right to Work Passes Easily in Michigan House and Senate

In both houses in Michigan they passed bills that make Michigan the 24th right to work state.
The vote passed with a six point margin in both houses.

Unions are planning major protests this week against the legislation.
Reuters reported:

Union members and others opposed to Michigan becoming a “right-to-work” state plan major protests in the state capital this week to try to stop Republicans from restricting labor unions in the cradle of the unionized U.S. auto industry.

Right-to-work opponents will begin to converge on Lansing on Monday, organizers said, and they expect thousands at the rally on Tuesday when the state legislature reconvenes.

With Republicans in control of the legislature and the governor committed to sign the laws, Michigan could become the 24th right-to-work state by the middle of the week, dealing a stunning blow to the power of organized labor in the United States.

Michigan Republicans surprised labor unions on Thursday by pushing through the legislature in a day a proposal making union membership and dues voluntary in the private sector. The state Senate also voted to apply that to the public sector, except for police and fire unions.

“Never in a million years did I think that Michigan would ever become a right-to-work state. We are Motown, The Motor City. Michigan was built on unions,” said Libby Brown, president of a teachers’ union local in Jackson, Michigan, referring to the state’s roots in popular music and auto manufacturing.

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  • RKflorida

    Michigan wasn’t built on unions, it was built on automobile companies. Those companies that paid the union employees, and if fact over-paid them.

  • Summernite

    The Unions did this to themselves. They had an ally in Synder, as he wasn’t even going to touch this RTW issue. Bob King, UAW President and the SEIU just weren’t satisfied with the status quo and pushed for Prop 2 & 4 on the November ballot, which failed miserably. This action by the unions was enough to push Synder over the edge and the fate of union dominance in the state was decided. They bit the hand that fed them and the Republican Controlled legislators just gave them a big ole punch in the belly.

  • billypaintbrush

    The unions are still using the same threats, bullying and grievance-mongering they always used but the world has changed. Note to King and Hoffa, we don’t live in the 1930’s anymore, despite your claims.

  • anti-bho

    “we are Motown……….”

    Naw, you are Detroit, and all that entails, speaking of which……. give a gander at this.

    HIROSHIMA vs.. DETROIT — 64 years later — Who Won the War? >> Four Winds 10 – Truth Winds


    Hard to believe? Not to me it isn’t. Japan doesn’t have welfare or unions.

  • Highlander

    And they’re exempting the police and firefighters because ……?

    Historically, those two unions, and the teachers unions, have been the ones most likely to extort money out of the taxpayers. They’ve done it repeatedly in the city I live in. If I had a dollar for every time I’ve been threatened with cuts in police and fire protection, or the elimination of busing and after school sports programs, I’d be a rich man. The price keeps going up, but the services they provide never get any better …. they just become more entrenched, and more arrogant. I certainly hope the Michigan legislators think twice about exempting those unions. It doesn’t make any sense to solve part of the problem, and leave the worst offenders alone …

  • Bigkahuna

    Highlander. I agree on some levels but the police and firefighters risk their lives. That gives them a different reason. But they should be reigned in as well.

  • dba_vagabond _trader

    So if the unions are so damned wonderful, why are the unionistas running scared?

  • Skip

    The unions with the help of the liberals in Washington will find a liberal judge to over rule the law. Can’t upset the unions of Obama. Obama wants all jobs to be unionized so the companies hands are tied.

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  • Mike

    Nice work, Michigan! Now the Missouri GOP legislature needs to get in this game. Gov Nixon will veto any RTW legislation that reaches his desk but force him to make this unpopular decision. Make him explain why he is against business and why he’d rather sees jobs shipped to Michigan and Indiana. Time to start using the left’s tactics against them.

  • gastorgrab

    “passes easily”


    “The one pervading evil of democracy is the tyranny of the majority, or rather of that party, not always the majority, that succeeds, by force or fraud, in carrying elections.”

    – Lord Acton,

  • Look-Out

    OT from Legal Insurrection — RNC’s Misallocation of Funds

    …got me thinking back to some posts Robert Stacy McCain did back in 2010 and earlier about the establishment support for Crist, Death by Consultantitis:

    “In general, there has been a misallocation of resources by the people who write the checks and hold the purse-strings in Republican politics. Nothing illustrates the disconnect between money and brains in the GOP than a fact highlighted by Jimmie Bise: Charlie Crist raised $4.3 million in a single three-month period of 2009.

    The more I think about that, the angrier I get. Who were these more-money-than-brains people who wrote those checks for Crist? Did they just take the word of John Cornyn and Jim Greer that Crist was the man to beat in the Florida GOP Senate primary?

    A fool and his money are soon parted, and there are times when the Republican Party resembles nothing so much as a scam for separating rich fools from their money.

    For $4.3 million, you could have paid 86 bloggers $50,000 a year.

    To date, during the 2009-10 election cycle, GOP national committees (RNC, NRSC and NRCC) have raised a combined total of $440.5 million.

    Do the math, and you see that a mere 1% of that total would go a hell of a long way toward permitting the conservative blogosphere to do more actual political news reporting of the sort that would help balance what the MSM are doing.

    I’m not saying that I want to be on the GOP payroll. What I am saying is that giving money to the GOP is not going to fix this problem, because the people who run the GOP don’t even understand the problem.”

    Clearly, going on the RNC payroll or receiving funding tied to opinion is not the answer.

    But there has to be a better way to create and sustain the Army of Davids who are even more crucial now that the consultant model has failed us once again.


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  • gastorgrab

    “The state Senate also voted to apply that to the public sector, except for police and fire unions.”


    The union “protections” of actual necessary services should be made distinct from all other ‘Public’ contracts. The state of Michigan is already a ‘union’ of sorts, and is charged by it’s contract to treat every member of that union the same under Michigan law.

    Giving preference to any private entity or group (like the SEIU) is a violation of that contract. I’m quite certain that the SEIU wouldn’t tolerate a sub-union forming within it’s own ranks for preferential treatment, and we shouldn’t tolerate the practice either.

    The primary responsibility of a union is to get the government involved whenever there is a dispute between worker and employer. Every labor contract is LEGALLY binding. But when government IS the employer, what purpose does the union serve??? And if we cant trust government, why would we make government even more powerful than it was, and why on earth should we trust the labor union who has no obligation to “protect” those individual rights that fall outside the labor contract?

    No, every labor union is a protection racket. Without clear limits ALL will eventually evolve into tyranny.

  • Look-Out

    Don’t know if Gretchen’s right about *both* House and Senate having Republican majorities, but this is usually the way it goes…

    Dems control a state for decades and run it into the ground. FINALLY, the people wake up – vote for the Republican – and put conservative principles to work and things turn around.

    Can we please start doing this on the federal level? People! WAKE UP! Let your representatives in Washington know you want them to vote with Republicans who are pursuing conservative answers to our problems. THE DEMS ARE THE PROBLEM. THEIR WAYS TAKE US ON THE ROAD TO RUIN!

  • valerie

    A right-to-work law doesn’t get rid of unions, it just makes them accountable to their membership.

    I have seen two effective unions, both in Texas, which had a right-to-work law. People would say “That plant has a union, but then, they deserved it.”

  • jainphx

    Unions? Why do we have them? The steel unions struck during WW11, whos good were they looking for? We hear that businesses take jobs off shore but no one really tells us why. Unions, lets just take the auto industry. Wages and benefits make up 90% of the cost of a car. They are paying more people that aren’t working than that do. Obama didn’t save the industry, he saved the unions. With all the labor related laws we have, OSHA etc, why the need for a union. They push the rest of us around with threats of strike and work stoppage. LOOK if you will at the remains of Detroit, a once vibrant and beautiful city, and then remember who it was that caused the destruction. The Demoncrap party and the unions. The corruption of the unions and elected officials is just now coming to light with the trial of their ex mayor. An estimate of missing funds is placed at 2 billion. Do you think the residents could use just a part of that?

  • Rightdawg

    Don’t get your hopes up. This RTW initiative will be overturned by one of the many union bought-and-paid-for liberal judges in Michigan. Give the Republicans credit for trying, but it will fail. Obama will not allow this to stand and will find a way to crush it. Besides, the people of Michigan will also let the RTW initiative die. I don’t care if they have a Republican Governor and Republican Legislature. There are the same people that voted for Obama in the general election. Michigan, line up behind California, Illinois and New York with your pending financial collapse. This is what you voted for, soon you will be paying the price.

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