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Fri Dec 7, 2012, 10:15 PM

Labor leader: Koch brothers are behind Michigan right-to-work law

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Source: MSNBC

The day after Michigan’s legislature held an abrupt vote on right-to-work legislation, United Auto Workers President Bob King blamed the influence of the Koch brothers, Charles and David, as well as “the extreme right wing.”

“In the end, Dick Devos and the extreme right-wing control what’s going on in the state,” King told Detroit radio station WDET. “And the Koch brothers’ Americans for Prosperity was in there, and there was a lot of money all pushing for the passage of this legislation, threatening the governor, threatening the different representatives.”
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According to the non-partisan Michigan Campaign Finance Network, David Koch gave a total of $988,604.44 to the Republican Governors Association Michigan PAC in 2010, the year when Snyder was elected governor. Of the PAC’s donors, 98% were from outside Michigan. Americans for Prosperity also erected tents in front of the Michigan capitol before the right-to-work vote, and the Michigan Freedom Fund aired radio and television ads in favor of the legislation that day.

“If you do that, you’ve been planning it for a while,” said Gordon Lafer, an expert in American labor law. He said that well-funded conservative interest groups had likely been laying the groundwork for a right-to-work vote in Michigan for some time. He also said that the campaign in Michigan was part of a nationwide battle against the labor movement.

Read more: http://tv.msnbc.com/2012/12/07/labor-leader-koch-brothers-are-behind-michigan-right-to-work-law/

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Reply Labor leader: Koch brothers are behind Michigan right-to-work law (Original post)
Teamster Jeff Dec 2012 OP
HowHasItComeToThis Dec 2012 #1
Dakota Flint Dec 2012 #5
RKP5637 Dec 2012 #2
Teamster Jeff Dec 2012 #6
RKP5637 Dec 2012 #8
calimary Dec 2012 #10
RKP5637 Dec 2012 #18
Bozita Dec 2012 #22
MADem Dec 2012 #3
ErikJ Dec 2012 #20
RKP5637 Dec 2012 #4
kitt6 Dec 2012 #7
radarluv Dec 2012 #9
jtuck004 Dec 2012 #13
ReRe Dec 2012 #11
Bozita Dec 2012 #12
alp227 Dec 2012 #14
KamaAina Dec 2012 #15
James48 Dec 2012 #16
patrice Dec 2012 #24
Initech Dec 2012 #17
Cha Dec 2012 #19
rbnyc Dec 2012 #21
patrice Dec 2012 #23
Canuckistanian Dec 2012 #25
Tx4obama Dec 2012 #26

Response to Teamster Jeff (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 10:16 PM

1. THOSE TWO ARE A VIRUS

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Response to HowHasItComeToThis (Reply #1)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 10:25 PM

5. yes, a deadly virus

They are a clear and present danger and should be treated just as one would treat any deadly virus.

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Response to Teamster Jeff (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 10:19 PM

2. The Koch brothers have destroyed Kansas, so no surprise they have their sights set

on other states and the US in general. They are dangerous. Too bad everything in the US is based on $$$$$ and shenanigans.

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Response to RKP5637 (Reply #2)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 10:28 PM

6. I read a lot of posters today

happily listing all the faults, mistakes and so called "unfair" actions of unions which lead up to the people of Michigan becoming fed up with unions. Turns out its the same old dirtbags and corporate backed organizations buying republican politicians.

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Response to Teamster Jeff (Reply #6)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 10:35 PM

8. Yep, it's the SOS over and over again. Divide and conquer and keep picking the unions apart, 'till

even those who would benefit most think unions are bad. Exactly as you say, "Turns out its the same old dirtbags and corporate backed organizations buying republican politicians."

I think many in the US are woefully ignorant as to how the unions enabled the benefits they enjoy today. Without what the unions did over the years most would be working in really shitty jobs and shit wages.

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Response to RKP5637 (Reply #8)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 10:59 PM

10. AND no weekends. AND no overtime compensation. AND bring on the child labor again.

You can pay them less! There's a ton of stuff that the efforts and struggles and energies of organized labor won for the rest of us, sometimes with their blood as well as their sweat and tears. Disgusting. WHEN will people get it? THAT'S WHAT YOU GET when you vote republi-CON.

THAT should be repeated over and over and over, in the presence of as many people as possible. "THAT'S WHAT YOU GET when you vote republi-CON!" IF we repeat that often enough, plant those seeds frequently enough, drive those points home again and again, the law of average dictates that some of them ARE gonna take root. But we all have to do it and we all have to keep at it.

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Response to calimary (Reply #10)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 11:31 PM

18. What really used to irk me was I worked with people who thought they were above the

unions in their salaried jobs, working 60 hours a week and getting paid for 40 hrs, because they felt they were sooo special. What a snow job that is, feeling special when your managers are making 200 to 400 times more a year than you, and some of them are worthless. Members of the old buys club, rolling from corporation to corporation making bad decisions.

We need a MAJOR rebirth of the unions in this country. Otherwise, the workers of this country are headed for a dystopia.

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Response to RKP5637 (Reply #18)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 11:58 PM

22. I remember the UAW trying to organize the white-collar folks at Chrysler.

Yes, they failed in their efforts.

I'd bet those Chrysler folks would like to turn back the clock.

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Response to Teamster Jeff (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 10:20 PM

3. I hate the phrase "Right to Work" unless it includes the phrase "For Slave Wages Because You're

Being Exploited."

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Response to MADem (Reply #3)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 11:36 PM

20. The proper term is "RIGHT TO WORK FOR PEANUTS"!

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Response to Teamster Jeff (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 10:22 PM

4. There is a war going on in the US. It's a subliminal and latent war being waged by $$$$$ and

shenanigans. It's more dangerous than other conflicts. It's silent often, and deadly. It's like a cancer spreading across the US.

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Response to Teamster Jeff (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 10:30 PM

7. You wouldn't think that their shenanigans are legal!

 

Who knows?

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Response to Teamster Jeff (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 10:40 PM

9. I long for the 1960's, bringing back the WEATHERMEN, giving them 2 targets ..... N/T

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Response to radarluv (Reply #9)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 11:09 PM

13. Not judging, but what do you think that would accomplish, from a tactical standpoint?

Wouldn't they be replaced by a dozen people just as vile, so you wind up with a worse problem than you had?

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Response to Teamster Jeff (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 11:01 PM

11. I have yet to hear an idea on how to deal with those two MFers...

Beside trying to educate the populace, which is all but impossible since the owners of the MSM are their buddies and won't help disseminate any REAL news about ANYTHING. And then there's the FAUX propaganda machine.

Maybe Michigan will be the dip back into Upton Sinclair's The Jungle. Maybe that's what it's going to take. State-by-state, back to the 1930s. Just how much can this country take? Is this what the 21st century is going to be? Backward, backward, backward?

All I do know is that maniacal human beings like the Koch's never win in the end. Never.

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Response to Teamster Jeff (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 11:05 PM

12. ALEC ...


Koch-Funded ALEC Launches Assault on Michigan Unions
By Mary Bottari, PR Watch
07 December 12


In a sudden change of heart, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced that he would sign so-called "right to work" legislation designed to gut union membership in the auto capital of the world.

Yesterday in Michigan, Gov. Rick Snyder and his GOP controlled lame-duck legislature pulled a fast one, introducing and then ramming through the House and the Senate so-called "right to work" legislation. The bill was introduced at 11 a.m., passed the House at 5 p.m. by a narrow margin and the Senate at around 6:00 p.m. When the process is complete and the bill is signed, Michigan will become the 24th right to work state.

Why the rush? The GOP majority felt it might not have the votes once the newly elected legislature was seated in January. The bill is designed so it cannot be repealed by popular referendum.

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Standing tall behind the measure was David Koch's Americans for Prosperity group, the non-profit organization that bankrolled Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's efforts to strip the state's public employee unions of their collective bargaining rights. AFP ran a multi-million dollar ad campaign trying to convince Wisconsinites that unions were their enemy, sponsoring rallies and backing Walker to the hilt when he later faced recall over the measure.

The crowing began early this morning. "Michigan passage of right-to-work legislation will be the shot heard around the world for workplace freedom. A victory over forced unionization in a union stronghold like Michigan would be an unprecedented win on par with Wisconsin that would pave the way for right to work in states across our nation," said Scott Hagerstrom, Michigan director of AFP in a statement.

AFP and other Koch-funded groups like the American Legislative Exchange Council have long promoted an extreme anti-worker agenda. It comes as no surprise that key sponsors of the Michigan bill in the House and the Senate such as Senator Arlan Meekhoff, Rep. Tom McMillin, and Rep. Pete Lund are ALEC members. Michigan legislators talked about their plans for passing Right to Work at the ALEC Spring Task Force Meeting in Charlotte earlier this year according to a legislator from New Hampshire.


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more...
http://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/315-19/14906-focus-koch-funded-alec-launches-assault-on-michigan-unions

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Response to Teamster Jeff (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 11:15 PM

14. I think Detroit Free Press was first to break the Koch/RTW connection

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014328829

I think DFP broke the story before King did, so I doubt this King story is good for LBN.

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Response to Teamster Jeff (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 11:20 PM

15. KamaAina: Sun rises in East

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Response to Teamster Jeff (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 11:23 PM

16. POLL! need some DU love

cast your vote here against right-to-work-for less:

http://apps.detroitnews.com/apps/forums/newstalk/lettersindex.php?topic=rightwork_120312

thanks!

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Response to James48 (Reply #16)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 12:08 AM

24. Done.

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Response to Teamster Jeff (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 11:31 PM

17. The two single worst excuses for human beings alive.

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Response to Teamster Jeff (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 11:35 PM

19. Of Course, they are! Hopefully this will have a Severe Backlash

in 2014!

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Response to Teamster Jeff (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 11:38 PM

21. In other news, water is wet. nt

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Response to Teamster Jeff (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 12:03 AM

23. This is surprising, from the family whose fortune was founded on the backs of dead Russian slaves?

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Response to Teamster Jeff (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 12:10 AM

25. Duh.

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Response to Teamster Jeff (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 12:20 AM

26. Locking, sorry. LBN Dupe. Please continue discussion on LBN link below

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