Tue Dec 11, 2012, 06:33 PM
Omaha Steve (62,410 posts)
Michigan Passes "Right to Work" Containing Verbatim Language from ALEC Model Bill
by Brendan Fischer — December 11, 2012 - 12:38pm
With nearly 13,000 protesters gathered outside the Michigan Capitol, the state legislature has passed sweeping legislation that attacks both private sector and public sector unions, setting the stage for Gov. Rick Snyder to sign the bills into law. The operative language in the bills is nearly identical to the American Legislative Exchange Council's "model" Right to Work Act.
Both HB 4003, which affects public sector unions, and HB 4054 / SB 116 affecting private sector unions, undermine collective bargaining by allowing workers to opt-out of paying the costs of union representation. As the Center for Media and Democracy's Executive Director Lisa Graves reported today, the move is calculated political payback attacking unions for supporting Democrats. Wages are lower for both union and non-union workers in Right to Work states, according to the Economic Policy Institute.
The legislation is straight out of the Koch-funded ALEC playbook. Compare the language in HB 4003 and HB 4054 with the ALEC "model" Right to Work Act:
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Tue Dec 11, 2012, 08:07 PM
Downwinder (12,575 posts)
9. Shut down all economic activity.
Filibuster any register that is open.
"I forgot something, I'll go back and get it. How about a price check."
Slowdown any place that is operating.
Put the ATMs to sleep.