Michigan turns back the clock

The Republicans in Michigan's legislature are turning the clocks back on decades of progress for workers' rights, as they prepare to take the final steps to enact Right to Work for Less legislation today.

To pass the legislation the governor and legislative Republicans engaged in blatant and high-handed departures from regular process. They released the bills at 11:00 this morning, moved the bills directly to the floor without holding any committee hearings, locked the doors of the State House to keep out opponents (a plan thwarted by an injunction obtained by organized labor), and are reported to have brought in seat-fillers to make sure there was no space in the chamber for the bills' opponents. Following the lead of Wisconsin's anti-union thugs, they also created a special exemption for police and firefighters to minimize opposition from supporters of public safety workers.

Why was it so important to ram the bill through today? Because the legislature is in a lame duck session and in the new year there would not be enough Republicans to pass it

I lived in Michigan for a long time and I hate to see this. People fought and risked their lives in Michigan to create the United Auto Workers. Unions are what made Michigan great. Unions, and especially the UAW, made it possible for working people across the state to enjoy the benefits of the middle class: homeownership, reliable health care, workplace safety, and higher education for their children.

Of course, these advantages come at a price to the Kochs and Devosesof the world, and as a consequence the ruling class took this opportunity to ram through this legislation and eliminate any chance for the workers to have a voice on issues that affect their lives.

While some procedural steps remain, the outcome is clear. Unlike in Wisconsin, Michigan lacks the kind of procedural rules that allowed the Democrats to delay passage of union-busting legislation, although Senate Democrats did walk out before the vote was taken. No, the bosses in Michigan have won. 

9 thoughts on “Michigan turns back the clock

  1. Republicans are EVIL

    They HATE people that work for a living.

    Republicans are EVIL

    They hate the Middle Class

    Republicans are EVIL

    Republicans are hate

  2. Maybe this is a good warning about how some Republican “moderates” behave once they get in office. Here is what former DLC’er Ed Kilgore wrote about Snyder in 2010 while he was running in an open primary.

    Rick Snyder, who doesn’t much use the C-word, and in fact, is appealing for Democratic and independent votes on the apparent ground that like Mike Dukakis in 1988, he’s about competence, not ideology.


    I’ll store this away in my memory for when or if Phil Scott gets tired of circling the track as Lt. Gov and runs for higher office.

  3. by a party that has doomed itself to irrelevance.  

    ‘Empty gestures that will not survive long in the crucible of Michigan politics; let alone, should a Supreme Court challenge be undertaken!

  4. Which I am 100% sure of, being involved in contract negotiations on a yearly basis.

    You may be confusing this with “employment at will” which is unfortunately pretty much universal in the United States.

    Besides contract modifications (such as “just cause” provisions) Vermont also recognizes a fairly comprehensive list of protected classes, a general public policy exception, and an implied contract exception.  In practice discrimination against a protected class or a contract provision are the only two likely avenues to prevail in a challenge.

  5. the rightwing is a toxic brand & ppl are backing away like its a radioactive waste dump.

    I do not like Scott at all, his photo shoots wearing many hats are merely props for his early campaign for governor & only serve to show sneaky disingenuousness.

    They’ve proved time & again they can’t be trusted.


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