Showdown in Michigan as legislature debates right-to-work laws

posted at 10:01 am on December 11, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.  I remember this when it was called Madison in early 2011.  Unions screaming that forcing workers to fund their coffers represented the ideal of freedom, while teachers called in sick but managed to look pretty healthy marching around a state capitol building while yelling at the top of their lungs about the benefits of forced dues extraction.

Ah, nostalgia:

Missing teachers?  Check:

At least 26,000 children will miss school today because their teachers called in sick or took a vacation day to protest proposed right-to-work legislation, which is expected to pass today.

Warren Consolidated Schools, Taylor School District and Fitzgerald Public Schools are confirmed to be closed. It is also suggested that schools in Detroit and St. Johns may be missing a significant number of teachers.

“We’ve had an excessive number of teachers call in,” Warren district spokesperson Robert Freehan said Monday afternoon. “We’re concerned about the safety and security of the students, so we’re treating it as a snow day.”

Ben Lazarus is a school board member-elect for Warren Consolidated. He believes the district, but not the teachers, made the right call.

“I think that political agendas shouldn’t take precedence over student learning,” said Lazarus.

Oh, how quaint. Remember when teachers unions were more concerned about their students than about their political power?  Yeah, neither do I, but it’s still kind of cute to talk about those mythical times.

Michigan Capitol Confidential lao has some insight as to why Michigan voters might not be too terribly positive about forced dues extraction (via Instapundit):

For example, according to the most recent federal filings, the Michigan Education Association — the state’s largest labor union — received $122 million and spent $134 million in 2012. They averaged about $800 from each of their 152,000 members.

According to union documents, “representational activities” (money spent on bargaining contracts for members) made up only 11 percent of total spending for the union. Meanwhile, spending on “general overhead” (union administration and employee benefits) comprised of 61 percent of the total spending.

So MEA members who disagree with the leadership of the union are paying up to 90 percent of their dues, but the union is only spending about a tenth of the dues money representing them.

If unions had to survive on customer and/or client satisfaction, would they survive?  Unions in Michigan may end up having to find that out.

Byron York reports on how the timing of this fight works well for Republicans, and spells doom for Democrats:

Democrats are complaining about the speed with which Republicans are acting, but the truth is, organized labor has seen this coming for a while. Stung by the success of Gov. Scott Walker’s efforts to limit collective bargaining in Wisconsin — Walker’s actions have resulted in more money, more teachers and better conditions in schools around the state — they tried to make sure it wouldn’t happen again. In Michigan, they pushed what was known as Proposal 2, which would have enshrined union collective bargaining powers in the state constitution. If Proposal 2 had passed, what state GOP lawmakers are doing now would have been literally unconstitutional.

But Proposal 2 was decisively defeated on Election Day, 58 percent to 42 percent. The path was clear for Republicans to act.

GOP lawmakers appear determined to keep going. When Levin and other congressional leaders urged caution, a spokesman for Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger hit back at them for “trying to tell Republicans in Michigan to slow down and not do our job in Lansing while they fail to resolve the nation’s fiscal cliff crisis or even approve a budget.” Hard to argue with that.

Indeed.


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When Levin and other congressional leaders urged caution, a spokesman for Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger hit back at them for “trying to tell Republicans in Michigan to slow down and not do our job in Lansing while they fail to resolve the nation’s fiscal cliff crisis or even approve a budget.”

Ohhhhh, smackdown!

Wethal on December 11, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Imagine advocating against the right to work.

Akzed on December 11, 2012 at 10:05 AM

I’m Pro-choice when it comes to unions.

Mord on December 11, 2012 at 10:05 AM

When Levin and other congressional leaders urged caution, a spokesman for Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger hit back at them for “trying to tell Republicans in Michigan to slow down and not do our job in Lansing while they fail to resolve the nation’s fiscal cliff crisis or even approve a budget.”

That was my thought when Obama decided to opine about this and shamelessly demagogue (the only thing he does well) the legislation. Butt out and do your own job.

changer1701 on December 11, 2012 at 10:06 AM

To the GOP morons in the House-This is how it is done!Dig in your heels and NEVER surrender!Taking back America one state at a time.#WAR

jeffinsjvca on December 11, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Liberals are for the redistribution of wealth…except for when it’s the redistribution of their own wealth.

sentinelrules on December 11, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Quick! Someone take a crap on the Capitol building steps and really show those GOP’ers that you mean business.

Considering the state of Michigan’s public education system, having a day or two off from school will probably make the kids smarter.

Bishop on December 11, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Smash the unions, academia, the news media, and Hollywood. Dismantle the Democrat money machine bit by bit.

Punchenko on December 11, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Hooray. Let’s put children back to work while we’re at it. Abolish the weekend. No more “free” time. Moochers!

lostmotherland on December 11, 2012 at 10:12 AM

No citizen of these United States should ever be forced to join, or pay money to, any representative, group, organization, association or union or any other such scheme in order to gain employment, seek advancement in their job, or retain a job.

Unions are un-American and nothing more than a legalized mafia.

TKindred on December 11, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Honest question – decent private schools in MI cost about $15K and most have only until 5th grade. I guess Cranbrook and Detroit Country Day are even more expensive for higher grade classes. I wonder how private school teachers’ pay compares to that of public schools.

sram on December 11, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Smash the unions, academia, the news media, and Hollywood. Dismantle the Democrat money machine bit by bit.

LOL. That will involve putting away the cheetos and getting out from behind your computer, Captain Rand.

lostmotherland on December 11, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Overheard at protests:

-Please make me join a union and pay dues!

-Not be being forced to join a union and pay dues is a crime against humanity!

-Vote for freedom – vote forced unionization!

darwin on December 11, 2012 at 10:13 AM

The next thing I’d like to see is unions taxed at corporate rates. They’re not charities, after all, but businesses instead. Unions are structured like corporations, and they provide services for a fee in the form of dues. So, if the Treasury needs more money, unions would be a great cash cow.

Liam on December 11, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Hooray. Let’s put children back to work while we’re at it. Abolish the weekend. No more “free” time. Moochers!

lostmotherland on December 11, 2012 at 10:12 AM

^^^ Moronic leftist. Left brain in motherland.

darwin on December 11, 2012 at 10:14 AM

The next thing I’d like to see is unions taxed at corporate rates. They’re not charities, after all, but businesses instead. Unions are structured like corporations, and they provide services for a fee in the form of dues. So, if the Treasury needs more money, unions would be a great cash cow.

Liam on December 11, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Right … unions pay no taxes. They must pay their fair share.

darwin on December 11, 2012 at 10:16 AM

If I take a sick day and my boss sees me in a mall or movie theater that day, I’ll be out of job before I have time to say “sorry”. Teachers who called in sick and then protest-marched should be fired for cause – and failing that, plastered on every public wall in their school districts.

Archivarix on December 11, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Hooray. Let’s put children back to work while we’re at it. Abolish the weekend. No more “free” time. Moochers!

lostmotherland on December 11, 2012 at 10:12 AM

LOL! Drama queen.

Night Owl on December 11, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Perhaps unions in Michigan will now spend money on their members instead of politicians.

Nah.

Curtiss on December 11, 2012 at 10:17 AM

The beginning of the end was when the state declared that anybody involved in daycare (with state funding involved) was a member of the SEIU and had to pay dues to the mob.

I’m loving all the hand-wringing, thuggery, and hysteria from the left. Fact of the matter is that when I was living in Grand Rapids I knew many teachers who were very unhappy with having to be members of the MEA (which pretty much hijacked legitimate education policy for political activism). MI becoming a right-to-work state is sweet revenge for years of having to hear the MI Dems (which is synonomous with unions) lecture the world that unions were the only thing protecting the middle class from some sort of vague corporate conspiracy. It is good to see them taken down a few pegs and make them look all the more silly strutting around in brightly colored tees.

Happy Nomad on December 11, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Hooray. Let’s put children back to work while we’re at it. Abolish the weekend. No more “free” time. Moochers!

lostmotherland on December 11, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Quite a few kids in the “communities” could benefit mightily from some work that wouldn’t involve shoplifting, pushing drugs, or knifing fellow citizens.

Archivarix on December 11, 2012 at 10:19 AM

At least 26,000 children will miss school today because their teachers called in sick or took a vacation day to protest proposed right-to-work legislation, which is expected to pass today.

I see they really care about the children … liberals, as is well documented, only care about themselves and what they can steal.

darwin on December 11, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Hooray. Let’s put children back to work while we’re at it. Abolish the weekend. No more “free” time. Moochers!

lostmotherland on December 11, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Um…. MI becomes the 24th state to join the 21st century. Where is the child labor and 7-day work weeks in the 23 states where common sense prevails over union thuggery?

But I will give you this. Your stupid hysteria is exactly why I’m loving Rick Snyder and the GOP giving hard-working Americans the ability to tell the UAW where they can stick their collective bargaining.

Happy Nomad on December 11, 2012 at 10:20 AM

New Michigan Poll: 51%-41% in favor of Right to Work

Including 40% of Union members.

Strongest among Persons 18-29: 63% in support.

A Growing Number of Americans Hate Unions. Time for Democrats to Evolve.

http://www.michiganview.com/article/20121206/MIVIEW/212060509/Mitchell-poll–Michigan-voters-favor-right-to-work–51-41

sentinelrules on December 11, 2012 at 10:21 AM

This is what democracy looks like.

steebo77 on December 11, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Hooray. Let’s put children back to work while we’re at it. Abolish the weekend. No more “free” time. Moochers!

lostmotherland on December 11, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Yeah, that’s how it works in all the Right-to-Work states, but the liberal media refuses to report it. Here in Florida, we got rid of weekends back in 1963.

Curtiss on December 11, 2012 at 10:21 AM

LOL. That will involve putting away the cheetos and getting out from behind your computer, Captain Rand.

lostmotherland on December 11, 2012 at 10:13 AM

The sad part is even though you’re a trolltard prick, you have a point.

MelonCollie on December 11, 2012 at 10:22 AM

This is what democracy and universal suffrage looks like.

steebo77 on December 11, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Mild fix.

MelonCollie on December 11, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Hooray. Let’s put children back to work while we’re at it. Abolish the weekend. No more “free” time. Moochers! lostmotherland on December 11, 2012 at 10:12 AM

I recall being off last weekend from my non-union job, even though union membership is at a 70 year low.

I read, I hung a picture… let’s see, I watched a football game and a basketball game. I went to the bank and Chick-fil-A.

And I haven’t interfaced with any union since 1988, thanks God.

Akzed on December 11, 2012 at 10:24 AM

From Card Check to Right to Work. Funny how things turn out sometimes.

Curtiss on December 11, 2012 at 10:25 AM

A Growing Number of Americans Hate Unions. Time for Democrats to Evolve.

sentinelrules on December 11, 2012 at 10:21 AM

At least to the point their knuckles are no longer dragging.

I think the general sentiment is that unions had their time and place but that time has passed. Unions were concerned with worker safety in the days before OSHA and a raft of workplace regulations. This is different than demands for longer “break times” so that workers have more time to smoke pot and drink beer as those workers in Flint got caught doing. Unions were concerned with fair wages not the UAW’s pools of workers drawing full pay to sit around and watch TV. In short, unions are as archaic as the hand-cranked automobile. Deal with it you union moochers.

Happy Nomad on December 11, 2012 at 10:25 AM

From Card Check to Right to Work. Funny how things turn out sometimes.

Curtiss on December 11, 2012 at 10:25 AM

It will be interesting to see how many MI workers “opt in” to full union membership after March when they do not have to.

Happy Nomad on December 11, 2012 at 10:27 AM

There really is no showdown. The law has passed the legislature and will be signed by the governor. Finis. Listening to the protesters you would think that unions were banned.

The economic benefits far outweigh children missing a day of leftist indoctrination. Sounds like a win-win for the children of Michigan today.

Ellis on December 11, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Let’s be perfectly clear about this, what the Unions fear the most isn’t the immediate loss of revenue that will result from them no longer being able to collect Union dues right off the top of everyone’s salaries.

No, this is a far bigger and more important fight and the Union Goons at the top know it. The Trumpka’s and their ilk are not the mindlessly Marxist indoctrinate but unaware of their Marxist indoctrination crowd. They are straight up Marxists and they damned well know it. But more importantly, they know that it is the teachers Unions, the NEA that have been systematically indoctrinating American school children to accept various Marxist ideologies for the last 60 years.

They know damned well that if the unions go, the teachers unions will go down very hard. And that without the teachers unions their supply of Marxist indoctrinated useful idiots will begin to decline in a major fashion.

What this fight against the Unions is really about is whether the Unions will be able to continue to indoctrinate America’s children into Marxism without the parent consent or knowledge.

SWalker on December 11, 2012 at 10:28 AM

LOL. That will involve putting away the cheetos and getting out from behind your computer, Captain Rand.

lostmotherland on December 11, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Would you rather have us use torches and pitchforks instead of computers, bro? Or maybe bayonets? Someday, we just might. And guess what, you will have neither police to call, nor a gun to defend yourself.

Archivarix on December 11, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Pretty much everyone I know, even my Democrat, government-employee friends, here in Pennsylvania supports Right-to-Work laws. Why the GOP-controlled legislature has yet to take this up is beyond me.

steebo77 on December 11, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Yeah, that’s how it works in all the Right-to-Work states, but the liberal media refuses to report it. Here in Florida, we got rid of weekends back in 1963.

Curtiss on December 11, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Yeah, and I bet test scores in the schools would go up if the kids weren’t forced to be working 16-hour days picking citrus. Damn that MSM conspiracy!

Happy Nomad on December 11, 2012 at 10:30 AM

For the Michigan legislature and governor, some 70′s gold:

♫ Baby, please, go all the way. It feels so right . . .♫

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on December 11, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Yeah, and I bet test scores in the schools would go up if the kids weren’t forced to be working 16-hour days picking citrus. Damn that MSM conspiracy!

Happy Nomad on December 11, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Picking citrus AND making gator jerky.

steebo77 on December 11, 2012 at 10:33 AM

If you only play defense it is impossible to win. We need more of this. Let the left spend all their resources fighting change like they did in Wisconsin rather than on offense.

Wigglesworth on December 11, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Picking citrus AND making gator jerky.

steebo77 on December 11, 2012 at 10:33 AM

After watching a TV show on people who catch those big ol’ lizards for a living, I have such a hankering to try ‘gator meat it’s not even funny.

MelonCollie on December 11, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Hooray. Let’s put children back to work while we’re at it. Abolish the weekend. No more “free” time. Moochers!

lostmotherland on December 11, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Yes, that’s exactly the GOP’s motives in this effort. It took a brilliant thinker like you to figure it out. Thanks for enlightening us all.

KS Rex on December 11, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Pretty much everyone I know, even my Democrat, government-employee friends, here in Pennsylvania supports Right-to-Work laws. Why the GOP-controlled legislature has yet to take this up is beyond me.

steebo77 on December 11, 2012 at 10:29 AM

You’ve hit on precisely why the unions are going crazy this morning. Indiana went right-to-work and now Michigan. Indiana was big but Michigan was one of the crown jewels of organized labor. They were so dominant that state laws were all written to favor pro-labor positions and closed shops over free enterprise and entrepreneurship. Look at any MI county Dem party leadership and you’ll see a membership made up almost exclusively of union thugs from the UAW, MEA, and SEIU. Labor unions are very concerned that Michigan’s smart move today will spread to other states that are not yet part of the 21st century.

Happy Nomad on December 11, 2012 at 10:38 AM

After watching a TV show on people who catch those big ol’ lizards for a living, I have such a hankering to try ‘gator meat it’s not even funny.

MelonCollie on December 11, 2012 at 10:36 AM

ROTFLMAO… for 70 million years the dinosaurs rules the earth, now their only living relatives are hunted by their former prey and turned into Gator Jerky… That’s some serious irony there… ;p

SWalker on December 11, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Yeah, and I bet test scores in the schools would go up if the kids weren’t forced to be working 16-hour days picking citrus. Damn that MSM conspiracy!

Happy Nomad on December 11, 2012 at 10:30 AM

What are you talking about? Picking citrus is the reward for high test scores. The ones that don’t measure up go to the cane fields.

Curtiss on December 11, 2012 at 10:39 AM

The MI governor was on Fox and said the unions have the opportunity to present what they have to offer.If a worker wants to join they can.Since it won’t be automatic the unions will have to sell their program.

docflash on December 11, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Pretty much everyone I know, even my Democrat, government-employee friends, here in Pennsylvania supports Right-to-Work laws. Why the GOP-controlled legislature has yet to take this up is beyond me.

steebo77 on December 11, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Corbett and some of the GOP legislators are a bit wussy. The school voucher/charter schools reforms have yet to get through.

Corbett may be facing a primary challenger, so he might tack right until the election.

Wethal on December 11, 2012 at 10:43 AM

The MI governor was on Fox and said the unions have the opportunity to present what they have to offer.If a worker wants to join they can.Since it won’t be automatic the unions will have to sell their program.

docflash on December 11, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Well, that ought to be easy prezy to sell, Trumpka can get up and explain that the Unions will collect their dues, use those dues to fund the campaigns of politicians that the average person can’t stand, support issues that offend the average person give the average union member no voice in the decisions of who their unions dues will fund or what issues they will support and everything should be just hunky-dory… What could possibly go wrong?

SWalker on December 11, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Only 7% of Detroit’s public school 8th graders even read at an 8th grade level….and only 4% in math…..4%!
If my work production was at that level, I’d be out on my a$$ in a millisecond.

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/only-7-detroit-public-school-8th-graders-proficient-reading

tencole on December 11, 2012 at 10:47 AM

If a worker wants to join they can.Since it won’t be automatic the unions will have to sell their program.

docflash on December 11, 2012 at 10:42 AM

That’s what has the corrupt organizations known as unions so upset. It’s much easier to browbeat your members than recruiting them and retaining their support.

Happy Nomad on December 11, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Only 7% of Detroit’s public school 8th graders even read at an 8th grade level….and only 4% in math…..4%!
If my work production was at that level, I’d be out on my a$$ in a millisecond.

tencole on December 11, 2012 at 10:47 AM

But according to the MI affiliate of the AFT, Detroit citizens are getting good value for their education dollars. This is why all states need to be right-to-work.

Happy Nomad on December 11, 2012 at 10:53 AM

I wonder how private school teachers’ pay compares to that of public schools.

sram on December 11, 2012 at 10:13 AM

It’s not as high and they don’t have the benefits packages the public school employees have enjoyed for many years. To be fair, the public school teachers have had some of their benefits changed as well, requiring them to actually *gasp* pay into their retirement systems and to pay a co-pay for their lifetime health insurance. I don’t see any of them starving.

There are districts in the Detroit metropolitan area where teachers are paid 80k-100k a year for their 9 months of actual classroom time. Amazing. My mother taught in Detroit for 35 years and didn’t come close to the lower end of today’s salary spectrum when she retired.

totherightofthem on December 11, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Seriously? How can anyone logically argue against Right To Work laws? Who could possibly be against overturning the forced payment of dues from those who don’t want to be represented by a union? Protesting RTW laws are the laziest expressions of logic and critical thinking I’ve ever seen.

Here’s a thought, how about unions actually demonstrate the value they offer to prospective members rather than be funded through the forced confiscation of dues? Like any good business, if you can demonstrate value, the $ will come. And like another poster said earlier, tax them their “fair share” too.

ImmigrantConservative on December 11, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Hooray. Let’s put children back to work while we’re at it. Abolish the weekend. No more “free” time. Moochers!

lostmotherland on December 11, 2012 at 10:12 AM

What burdens are added to, or “rights” taken from people in right-to-work states? Let’s hear how people allowed to be free to choose whether they join a union or not is an attack on liberty. We would all love your honest and informed perspective on the subject.

NotCoach on December 11, 2012 at 10:59 AM

The Head Democrat from the State House was on WJR this morning in Detroit. She actually tried to say that Right to Work was a continuation of the “War on Women”. She called Gov. Snyder a liar. When called on her accusation (and the fact she could not back it up, she told Paul W. Smith (the host) “Lets move on from that now shall we?”

Democrats and unions not only had Proposal 2 on the ballot, but they tried to have a vote to FORCE ALL Home Health Care workers to join a union, whether they wanted to or not. That was also firmly rejected by Michigan Voters.

Michigan only has somewhere around 18% Union workers. Remember that when you see the protests today. They do not represent the State of Michigan.

GadsdenRattlers on December 11, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Honest question – decent private schools in MI cost about $15K and most have only until 5th grade. I guess Cranbrook and Detroit Country Day are even more expensive for higher grade classes. I wonder how private school teachers’ pay compares to that of public schools.

sram on December 11, 2012 at 10:13 AM

A friend of mine taught at Cranbrook for two years and is a career private school teacher. It’s a bit of apples and oranges to compare them with public school teachers because most boarding schools provide free housing for teachers (and some other benefits like free tuition fot their kids), but the pay is pretty low. Boarding school teachers also have to do resident duty in the student dorms, be on call to handle emergencies after hours and on weekends, etc. They work a lot harder than most public school teachers. My friend has been teaching for 25 years and still does not own a house, nor could he afford one on his salary.

Private school teachers generally are not in it for the money. Cranbrook attracts top teachers because of its reputation as a top school with top students.

rockmom on December 11, 2012 at 11:00 AM

I don’t see much difference between mob protection rackets and closed shops. Either way, it’s all extortion. If someone didn’t pay to the mob, he either got beat up or his store burned to the ground. With closed shops, a worker pays dues or he doesn’t have a job. And he might still get his car keyed or the windows broken in the company parking lot by a union thug.

Worse are the ‘public service’ unions, where the unions get to negotiate contracts with the elected officials to whose campaigns they contributed money. Then there are the Obamacare waivers given to unions.

Hostess had 115 different collective bargaining contracts with the baker’s union alone. Hostess also had other workers represented by the Teamsters. Can anyone imagine owning a nationwide business with all that? I wonder how many lawyers the company had to keep on retainer to sort out a mess that huge.

Then the baker’s union destroyed the company and was happy about it! Workers there for decades lost their pensions unless they were smart enough to put in their retirement papers before the collapse.

Maybe if the Mafia started calling itself a union, the Dons would never again have to fear arrest.

Liam on December 11, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Punchenko: “Smash the unions, academia, the news media, and Hollywood. Dismantle the Democrat money machine bit by bit”.

Agree! The one we really have hope to smash is Hollywood, but that means quit going to the movies, which I’ve done ages ago. I mean, really, who’d want to see a move with Jamie Foxx after his rant “killing all the white people”. Or see a movie by Steven Spielberg who gave $1 million to Obama’s super PAC.
No surprise that President Obama supports those that rant anti-American sentiments. I mean, shaking hands with Korean rapper Psy “Kill those Yankees, their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law & fathers; kill them all slowly & painfully”. Same thing, sending military equipment to Egypt; can you feel the love?

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/surface_performs_for_obama_just_xJSYdXwsGtV0RiLh9Vzb9N

Belle on December 11, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Hooray. Let’s put children back to work while we’re at it. Abolish the weekend. No more “free” time. Moochers!

lostmotherland on December 11, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Agreed! Because giving free citizens the right to choose whether to join a union is the first step in removing child labor laws.

Forward!

Bishop on December 11, 2012 at 11:02 AM

The bill will become law and the governor will sign it, and the Michigan Supreme Court will uphold it…”right to work” is something that can be defended on pure Constitutional grounds, both state and federal.

What the unions are demanding is that they, the unions, dictate what all workers in a state can and cannot do…and there is nothing Constitutional about that.

In the meantime, union coffers across the country are running low…as millions and millions that would have gone to help out-of-work union members, to live, to retrain, to find work, are being spent in Lansing and Madison and elsewhere trying to prop up union control.

Let them spend themselves stupid.

They’ll just raise the rates for union dues…and maybe drive a few million union members out of the union.

In any other circumstance, union dues would be looked upon as extortion and racketeering.

But, apparently, our President is on the side of unions…thus is pro-racketeering…and pro-union…a la Soviet union, perhaps.

coldwarrior on December 11, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Corbett may be facing a primary challenger, so he might tack right until the election.

Wethal on December 11, 2012 at 10:43 AM

I seriously doubt that Corbett, even if he survives the primary (which he almost certainly will do), can get reelected.

steebo77 on December 11, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Uh, let’s see about this. This is a professional (not) association (cabal) that spends 60% of its income on the administration overhead? You’d have to make membership compulsory, who the hell would voluntarily fund such a thing?

CorporatePiggy on December 11, 2012 at 11:06 AM

rockmom on December 11, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Boarding schools represent a very small segment of the Private School market.

SWalker on December 11, 2012 at 11:07 AM

The children be damned, public school students are a life-support system for teachers’ unions.

petefrt on December 11, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Stand firm, Michigan!
The “protestors” , with many bussed in from other states by the unions, don’t deserve even a glance of recognition.
Here’s an idea; Treat them like the Obama administration treats all conservative, religious, traditional American causes and concerns, as nothing. Sign the bill, and don’t pay the protestors a second thought.

Sterling Holobyte on December 11, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Michigan only has somewhere around 18% Union workers. Remember that when you see the protests today. They do not represent the State of Michigan.

GadsdenRattlers on December 11, 2012 at 10:59 AM

It’s the fifth largest union state in the nation. That is why this is a big deal.

Happy Nomad on December 11, 2012 at 11:14 AM

The “protestors” , with many bussed in from other states by the unions, don’t deserve even a glance of recognition.

Sterling Holobyte on December 11, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Oh, I don’t know. Were I there, I might say “hey” to the Obamaphone lady. There are a few things I really want to tell the woman that perfectly epitomizes the lazy good-for-nothing moochers that voted for Obama.

Happy Nomad on December 11, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Treat them like the Obama administration treats all conservative, religiousChristian, traditional American causes and concerns, as nothing. Sign the bill, and don’t pay the protestors a second thought.

Sterling Holobyte on December 11, 2012 at 11:12 AM

I had to change a word in my post to be more specific. Obama is more accommodating with muslim causes, go figure.

Sterling Holobyte on December 11, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Did anybody catch the Mi. state senator talking to Amy Goodman this morning on Pacifica? It was textbook hypocrisy to the point of awesome irony.

“These republicans forced this bill through with no chance for debate!, they rushed it through!, they did this in a lame duck session when they know they would lose 5 seats in January!”

It was Obamacare all over again and it was funny. He whined about all the terms like freedom and fairness being used and then the final fun was his observation that if people get the benefits without having to pay for them then of course they won’t bother joining a union and paying for those benfits! “Why that’s just basic human nature!!!11!!!”

This guy just complained about the entire democrat model and he was being serious.

DanMan on December 11, 2012 at 11:18 AM

‘Toon: In The Pocket…

‘Toon of the Day: Laborosaurus Rex?

“Bad news. A right-to-work asteroid just hit Michigan.”

Resist We Much on December 11, 2012 at 11:20 AM

The children be damned, public school students are a life-support system for teachers’ unions.

petefrt on December 11, 2012 at 11:09 AM

The problem with teachers’ unions is that they pretend to care about the children first. I have a problem with that. The NEA and AFT in all its forms are labor unions first and foremost. Fine. There is a clear and distinct function they have as a labor union.

But please don’t put some union representative (a washed-up “educator” who could not make it in a classroom) in a position to dictate education policy. Even the most basic levels of accountability are fought by unions at a time when 26% of college freshmen attending a four-year public institution (32% if a community college) have to take remedial courses to learn what they didn’t get before they graduated high school. And isn’t even accounting for the near 50% of drop outs in most urban school systems.

But of course the dirty little secret is that the teachers’ unions spend big to get “their” candidates on school boards. These candidates then don’t do much to hold teachers accountable and aren’t particularly responsible when it comes to fiscal decisions concerning pay and benefits.

Happy Nomad on December 11, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Hooray. Let’s put children back to work while we’re at it. Abolish the weekend. No more “free” time. Moochers!

lostmotherland on December 11, 2012 at 10:12 AM

First sensible thing this dim bulb has said since it arrived.

CurtZHP on December 11, 2012 at 11:27 AM

He whined about all the terms like freedom and fairness being used and then the final fun was his observation that if people get the benefits without having to pay for them then of course they won’t bother joining a union and paying for those benfits! “Why that’s just basic human nature!!!11!!!”

This guy just complained about the entire democrat model and he was being serious.

DanMan on December 11, 2012 at 11:18 AM

I think the top 1% earners in the union should pay more dues so the rest don’t have to.
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VegasRick on December 11, 2012 at 11:27 AM

the final fun was his observation that if people get the benefits without having to pay for them then of course they won’t bother joining a union and paying for those benfits! “Why that’s just basic human nature!!!11!!!”

DanMan on December 11, 2012 at 11:18 AM

An admission that unions encourage members to be moochers isn’t exactly news. That part is human nature. The hysteria that MI workers are going to be given a choice to opt out starting in March is what has the Dems throwing fits. Apparently workers are too damned stupid and dependent to actually exist without unions looking out for them. That is the message they are sending.

Happy Nomad on December 11, 2012 at 11:34 AM

good thinking Rick. 39.6% for the top 2% and no dues for the bottom 49%. Perfect economic model for any dem.

DanMan on December 11, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Hooray. Let’s put children back to work while we’re at it. Abolish the weekend. No more “free” time. Moochers!

lostmotherland on December 11, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Get me a violin.

Nothing in this legislation prohibits the formation of a union or infringes upon collective bargaining. Workers that choose to unionise can’t, however, force their co-workers to join nor can a union demand an employer deduct union dues from employees’ paycheques.

RTW has EVERYTHING to do with a FREE PEOPLE exercising their unalienable right to CHOOSE FREELY.

Once again, you’ve proved my oft-stated point:

PROGRESSIVES ARE ONLY ‘PRO-CHOICE‘ WHEN IT COMES TO UTERI, RECTA, AND POT!

Resist We Much on December 11, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Switched over to cnn and msdnc big time union defense just talking to the opponents of right to work natch

cmsinaz on December 11, 2012 at 11:37 AM

I didn’t know the issue had been on the ballot. Very very interesting. It’s amazing what people will “say” in the privacy of the anonymous voting booth.

Cindy Munford on December 11, 2012 at 11:44 AM

lostmotherland on December 11, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Is OSHA and the Dept. of Labor on the block also!!!!!! Give me something to live for.

Cindy Munford on December 11, 2012 at 11:46 AM

It’s amazing what people will “say” in the privacy of the anonymous voting booth.

Cindy Munford on December 11, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Why do you think the left pushes card check so much? Much easier to organize labor when you get to see how people vote.

Happy Nomad on December 11, 2012 at 11:54 AM

To the GOP morons in the House-This is how it is done!Dig in your heels and NEVER surrender!Taking back America one state at a time.#WAR

jeffinsjvca on December 11, 2012 at 10:08 AM

It’s not so easy. The legislators in Michigan (like those in Wisconsin in 2011) have the advantage of a Republican Governor who can lead the reform and sign into law what they pass, on the State level.

Those in the U.S. House can’t force their will on Obama and a Democrat Senate. This is why we need Senate candidates that don’t open mouth and insert foot during the campaign.

What the U.S. House Republicans CAN do is hold up the money, and force a Government shutdown to bring Obama and Reid to the negotiating table.

What I’m wondering is how Republicans can get elected Governor in states like WI, MI, and OH in 2010, but why Romney couldn’t use the campaign networks these Governors used to carry these states in 2012. Does this mean that Democrats and union members aren’t paying attention in off-year Gubernatorial elections, but turn out in droves in Presidential elections? Or do some voters want their own states to be fiscally responsible and elect Republicans at the state level, then turn around and vote Democrat on the national level to take money from other states for themselves?

Steve Z on December 11, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Why do you think the left pushes card check so much? Much easier to organize labor when you get to see how people vote.

Happy Nomad on December 11, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Have you ever seen this? Talk about reaching the ultimate heights of rank hypocrisy!

h/t Neal Boortz

[Letterhead of George Miller, Congress of the United States]

August 29, 2001

Junta Local de Conciliacion y Arbitraje del Estado de Puebla
Lic. Armando Poxqui Quintero
7 Norte Numero 1006 Altos
Colonia Centro
Puebla, Mexico C.P. 7200

Dear members of the Junta Local de Conciliacion y Arbitraje of the state of Puebla:

As members of Congress of the United States who are deeply concerned with international labor standards and the role of labor rights in international trade agreements, we are writing to encourage you to use the secret ballot in all union recognition elections.

We understand that the secret ballot is allowed for, but not required, by Mexican labor law. HOWEVER, WE FEEL THAT THE SECRET BALLOT IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT WORKERS ARE NOT INTIMIDATED INTO VOTING FOR A UNION THEY MIGHT NOT OTHERWISE CHOOSE.

We respect Mexico as an important neighbor and trading partner, and we feel that the increased use of the secret ballot in union recognition elections will help bring real democracy to the Mexican workplace.

Signed:

George Miller
Bernard Sanders
Lane Evans
Marcy Kaptur
William J. Coyne
Bob Filner
Martin Olav Sabo
Joe Baca
Dennis J. Kucinich
Fortney Pete Stark
James P. McGovern
Barney Frank
Zoe Lofgren
Calvin M. Dooley
Barbara Lee
Lloyd Doggett

So there you go. These 16 Democrats are on the record as being solidly in favor of using secret ballots in union recognition elections.

Unfortunately, every single one of them would deny American workers the same rights.

Resist We Much on December 11, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Switched over to cnn and msdnc big time union defense just talking to the opponents of right to work natch

cmsinaz on December 11, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Yeah, they see the national implications now that right-to-work is trending. Which leads to the following question. The right-to-work states are:

Alabama
Arizona
Arkansas
Florida
Georgia
Idaho
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Louisiana
Michigan
Mississippi
Nebraska
Nevada
North Carolina
North Dakota
Oklahoma
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Virginia
Wyoming

Which state is most likely to be the next to join the 21st century?

Happy Nomad on December 11, 2012 at 12:01 PM

They know damned well that if the unions go, the teachers unions will go down very hard. And that without the teachers unions their supply of Marxist indoctrinated useful idiots will begin to decline in a major fashion.

What this fight against the Unions is really about is whether the Unions will be able to continue to indoctrinate America’s children into Marxism without the parent consent or knowledge.

SWalker on December 11, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Teacher’s Unions are a byproduct of this not the cause. Who supplies the credentialed teachers to the various states? Schools of Education modeled after the “famous” Columbia Teachers College started by Socialist John Dewey who had what we are seeing today in mind when he started it.

chemman on December 11, 2012 at 12:02 PM

New tone ?? “There will be blood”

Twitchy.com

pambi on December 11, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Talk about reaching the ultimate heights of rank hypocrisy!

Resist We Much on December 11, 2012 at 11:58 AM

No, the ultimate height of rank hypocrisy is fighting against the requirement for photo-id to vote in political elections when there is virtually nothing you can do in society without presenting a photo-id including attendance at a Congressman’s Town Hall.

Dems are against this, of course, because they encourage and abet fradulant voting.

Happy Nomad on December 11, 2012 at 12:05 PM

BREAKING….Michigan State House passes RTW by a 58-41 vote.

Onto Governor Snyder to sign the bill into law.

Michigan State Senate votes later today.

sentinelrules on December 11, 2012 at 12:06 PM

There really is no showdown. The law has passed the legislature and will be signed by the governor. Finis. Listening to the protesters you would think that unions were banned.

The economic benefits far outweigh children missing a day of leftist indoctrination. Sounds like a win-win for the children of Michigan today.

Ellis on December 11, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Does Michigan allow people to petition to recall the Governor like Wisconsin does? If not, Gov. Snyder has two years for voters to see the positive effects of his reform. If so, the petitions will start circulating in January.

Steve Z on December 11, 2012 at 12:06 PM

sentinelrules on December 11, 2012 at 12:06 PM

On Twitchy.com

Unions tore down AFP tent at MI capitol, with elderly trapped underneath, while chanting “This is what democracy looks like.” #thankaunion!—
Adam Nicholson (@acnicholson) December 11, 2012

Night Owl on December 11, 2012 at 12:16 PM

BREAKING….Michigan State House passes RTW by a 58-41 vote.

Onto Governor Snyder to sign the bill into law.

Michigan State Senate votes later today.

sentinelrules on December 11, 2012 at 12:06 PM

I think you have your steps mixed up.

cptacek on December 11, 2012 at 12:18 PM

More from Twitchy.com

AFP tent torn down with women and children in it. Was punched in the face four times. RT and await the video.—
Steven Crowder (@scrowder) December 11, 2012

Night Owl on December 11, 2012 at 12:21 PM

No citizen of these United States should ever be forced to join, or pay money to, any representative, group, organization, association or union or any other such scheme in order to gain employment, seek advancement in their job, or retain a job.

TKindred on December 11, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Wasn’t there an amendment similar to that? The 14th, wasn’t it? Not exactly like it, but the spirit was definitely there.

lostmotherland on December 11, 2012 at 10:12 AM

We would all love your honest and informed perspective on the subject.

NotCoach on December 11, 2012 at 10:59 AM

ROFL! Snort! chuckle *That* was funny.

GWB on December 11, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Two separate bills. One passed by the House last week and one passed by the Senate last week.

Anyway, the vote was actually 58-51 in favor of HB4033, which deals with public sector worker RTW only.

Debate on private sector workers RTW next.

sentinelrules on December 11, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Bloody hilarious

Schadenfreude on December 11, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Whether you agree or disagree on this, one thing you have to say is the Democrats will protect their financing. The unions finance the Democrats and get out the vote for them so the Democrats will be very protective of them. Now the Republicans, on the other hand, were give back the House of Representatives, in 2010, and they squandered that vote. What does that say about the 2 political parties?

The funny thing, they squandered it for 2 years and are just about ready to do it again.

bflat879 on December 11, 2012 at 12:44 PM

AFP tent torn down with women and children in it. Was punched in the face four times. RT and await the video.—
Steven Crowder (@scrowder) December 11, 2012

Night Owl on December 11, 2012 at 12:21 PM

He asked for it! After all, when it comes to the actions of The Left, The Right “made them do it!”

According to RFK, Jr, who was really responsible for JFK’s a.s.s.a.s.sination?

A. Lee Harvey Oswald

B. The Right and their “toxic vitriol”

Answer: B…even though A, who was a well-known Communist who had once defected to the Soviet Union, had attempted to a.s.s.a.s.sinate Gerneral Edwin Walker, an actual real-life member of the John Birch Society and charter member of the Conspiracy Theorists of America.

Make sure to read the comments. Some of the posters actually remember where they were when the “extreme right-wing killed Kennedy.”

Who or what was responsible for the massacre in Tuscon?

A. Jared Loughner

B. A plus his parents, the police, his school, and society for failing to address his paranoid schizophrenia.

C. A + B plus The Left for demanding that the mentally ill have more rights than the community, at large, demanding that mental illness, in some cases, be looked at in terms of being a “lifestyle choice that can further creativity.”

D. A gun and the NRA.

E. Sarah Palin, the Tea Party and “extreme speech”

F. Targets on a congressional map

Answer – in order of most to least responsible: E, F, D, B, A, C.

Who or what was responsible for the massacre at the movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, during the Batman movie?

A. James Holmes

B. Guns and the NRA

C. Some mixture of both A & B, but with B definitely being more responsible than A.

D. A movie.

Answer: C, although the MSM would LOVE to just go with straight B.

Who or what was responsible for the attack on the consulate in Benghazi?

A. Al-Qaeda-related terrorist groups

B. Islamism

C. The United States and its history of oppression, colonialism, and imperialism

D. A movie.

Answer, from most to least responsible: A movie, the US, AQ, Islamism.

Being a Progressive means NEVER having to say you’re sorry or wrong.

In the 1950s, Premier Nikita Khrushchev admitted Stalin’s atrocities…and he would have known!

Where does the Far Left come down on Stalin? Khrushchev was lying…(and the Soviet Union never really invade Poland with Hitler).

Resist We Much on December 11, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Well, it was bound to happen. Yesterday Obama incited his union goons to violence. This is going to get very, very ugly.

rplat on December 11, 2012 at 1:18 PM

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