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James48 Donating Member (517 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-27-11 09:40 AM
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Edited on Sun Mar-27-11 09:41 AM by James48

Democratic emergency
Sun, Mar 20, 2011
By Shea Howell
Special to the Michigan Citizen

The newly elected governor and legislature have accelerated their assault on the people of Michigan. Here is a sample of the dramatic changes they are proposing. None of these issues were part of anyones campaign, especially not the governors, who promised to be moderate and honor the states strong labor tradition.

There are nearly 40 distinct house and senate bills to drastically reshape what we have come to expect in the public sphere. They include bills that prohibit paying union officials for conducting union business (HB-4059), freeze wages, prohibit collective bargaining (HB-4287), prohibit taxpayer-funded equipment and facilities to be used for union or political activities (HB-4052), force privatization of non-instructional workers in public school (HB-4306), repeal Police and Fire Arbitration (HB-4205), create right-to-work zones (SB-0120), eliminate teacher tenure (HB-4142), repeal Michigan Health and Safety Act (SB-0014), prohibit government from mandating participation in health care plan (HB-4050), remove caps on charter schools (HB-4019), prohibit promulgation of rules for ergonomics in the workplace (HB-4228).

This legislature is intruding into every aspect of our lives to eliminate any protections we, the people, have established. Moreover, it is systematically attempting to curtail the places and spaces of democratic organization and conversation.

Under the guise of a financial emergency, this legislature is clearly pushing the most radical right-wing agenda.

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