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Michigan Passes Right to Work Legislation

by huckfunn ( 6 Comments › )
Filed under Barack Obama, Breaking News, Business, Corruption, Democratic Party, Economy, Headlines, Marxism, Misery Index, Politics, Progressives, Regulation, Republican Party, taxation, unemployment, Unions at December 6th, 2012 - 9:42 pm

Michigan’s State Legislature and State Senate passed right-to-work measures by a vote of 58-52 in the House and 22-16 in the State Senate. Some form of the measure is expected to be passed by Republican Rick Snyder as soon as the completed version reaches his desk.

Following the Michigan House’s lead, the state Senate passed right-to-work measures on Thursday evening — just hours after Gov. Rick Snyder and top GOP Republicansannounced the bills.

Despite impassioned debate from Senate Democrats, the measure passed on a 22-16 vote. According to the Associated Press, four Republican state senators joined all 12 of their Democratic counterparts in opposition to the right-to-work bill. It passed the Michigan House by a vote of 58-52 earlier in the evening. During the House vote, Democrats walked off the floor in protest after at least eight protesters were arrested, crowds were pepper-sprayed and the Capitol building locked down.

The House and Senate bills are two of three separate right-to-work bills currently up for vote that will eventually be consolidated into two bills, according to the Detroit Free Press. Both the bills passed by the House and Senate pertain to private-sector employees.

Union activists who denounced the bill’s hasty progress through the Michigan legislature booed GOP lawmakers and cheered on Democrats who took to the floor to rail against what they called an anti-union agenda. Sen. Bert Johnson D-Detroit occupied the Senate floor for over an hour in protest.

“Look at the people you’ve locked out,” Johnson said. “They are not here today for the lack of something to do. … They are here because you, Mr. President, are attacking their ability to earn a living.”

On Thursday, Snyder reversed his earlier stance of discouraging Republicans from pushing for right-to-work laws and said he would support the bills.

According to the Associated Press, the legislation will likely be enacted next week.

Read the entire article here. 


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6 Responses to “Michigan Passes Right to Work Legislation”
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  1. 1 | December 6, 2012 10:08 pm

    WHAT??? what next? cats living with dogs??

    seriously, i never thought i’d see the day.

  2. Mars
    2 | December 6, 2012 10:25 pm

    We finally had a chance at right to work here in MT, but the right to work Governor candidate was defeated by an a-hole who received 90% of his campaign backing from the unions. (Primarily education unions.)

  3. 3 | December 6, 2012 10:36 pm

    So the fact that you have the right to not join a union means you can’t earn a living? Interesting.

  4. lobo91
    5 | December 6, 2012 10:51 pm

    mfhorn wrote:

    So the fact that you have the right to not join a union means you can’t earn a living? Interesting.

    For a lot of union members, it might. The arcane work rules that make it all but impossible to fire bad workers are the only reason many of them have jobs.

  5. 6 | December 7, 2012 2:14 am

    My cousin is a Union Stooge and vehemently opposes this. There is also a guy I used to work with back (methinks) at the radio station, who is now a State Representative, Al Pscholka, a Republican who supports this measure, as do I.
    God, the Unions are PISSED!

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