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Mon Dec 10, 2012, 10:35 AM

Opponents Of 'Right-to-Work' Laws in Michigan to Go A-Wassailin Near Gov. Snyder's Home

Opponents of right-to-work plan to sing Christmas carols in a demonstration late this afternoon near the Superior Township home of Gov. Rick Snyder, near Ann Arbor.

The demonstration will begin at 5:30 p.m. today, just outside the gates of Snyder’s gated community, the group We Are Michigan said in a news release.

The group hopes the demonstration will “move the governor to reconsider his support for this extreme legislation” which leaves working families behind, the group said.

It’s one of a series of demonstrations against right-to-work legislation planned today and Tuesday.


read: http://www.freep.com/article/20121210/NEWS06/121210011

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Reply Opponents Of 'Right-to-Work' Laws in Michigan to Go A-Wassailin Near Gov. Snyder's Home (Original post)
bigtree Dec 2012 OP
JustABozoOnThisBus Dec 2012 #1
bigtree Dec 2012 #3
Romulox Dec 2012 #2
bigtree Dec 2012 #4
Romulox Dec 2012 #5
JustABozoOnThisBus Dec 2012 #6
Romulox Dec 2012 #7
standingtall Dec 2012 #8

Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 10:39 AM

1. He probably can't hear them from his home

And when he goes to work, his driver is a State Trooper, whose union is unaffected by the right-to-work legislation. Snyder can sit in the back seat and ignore the wailing of the unwashed masses.

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Response to JustABozoOnThisBus (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 10:43 AM

3. sure, he can't literally hear them

. . . but he'll hear them. And, they're not alone . . .

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 10:40 AM

2. All the union types that were shilling for Snyder's NAFTA bridge got *played*. nt

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Response to Romulox (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 10:47 AM

4. Chinafication?

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Response to bigtree (Reply #4)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 11:13 AM

5. This year, many local trade unions joined with Republican Snyder to push a new bridge to Canada.

The bridge is meant to facilitate the flow of NAFTA trade into the US, which isn't really good for workers overall, but the construction jobs inherent in the project were enough to win the support of the majority of local trade unions for Snyder's new bridge.

This project is unusual in several ways--in particular, the Governor claims the bridge will be paid for by Canada, and that he does not need legislative approval to borrow the money to pay for it (this whole funding scheme is complicated--I urge you to read up on it if you're interested.) In addition, the project was negotiated by Michigan's Governor and Canadian Prime Minister Harper, without any guidance/framework/approval by the US State Department, Congress, or the President.

A referendum on the bridge issue (which would've required a popular vote to approve the bridge) was one of 6 ballot initiatives that were on the ballot this past November, along with another initiative proposing adding protection for collective bargaining to the state constitution. Governor Snyder, of course, urged his constituents to vote "no" on both measures, despite the support he had received from union leaders in ram-rodding his bridge through.

Given the forgoing, many union leaders must feel betrayed by Snyder, given his RAPID change of heart with regard to support for right-to-work legislation.

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Response to Romulox (Reply #5)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 11:22 AM

6. Proposal 6 was a ploy by Maroun family to keep their monopoly ...

... on bridge traffic fees between Detroit andWindsor, Ontario.

It deserved to fail, as it did.

It should never have been linked with Proposal 2, which preserved unions. Proposal 2 had some slick advertising against it. Koch brothers? Or, maybe it failed just because people who were not in a union didn't care about unions. A shame that it failed.

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Response to JustABozoOnThisBus (Reply #6)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 11:27 AM

7. I'm not going to rehash it. My point is that Snyder betrayed his union "allies".

You DO understand that union tradespeople aren't going to get any special consideration when building his NAFTA bridge, right?

Repeat: The NAFTA bridge will be built with NON-UNION labor in Michigan, the newest "Right-to-Work" state. You were betrayed. You should've seen it coming.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 12:23 PM

8. Mitch Daniels said he would not try and make Indiana a right to work for less State and he did

Snyder said he wouldn't make Michigan a right for employers to screw over their employees State, and does just that.
Seems to be a pattern here with Republican Governors. Union members should not vote Republican, and have been told this for over 30 years, but yet some still don't get the message. Being a Union member, and a Republican is like oil and water doesn't mix.

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