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Union members at Indiana statehouse protesting anti-union bill.
Indiana workers protest passage of an anti-union law in their state. The fight now comes to Michigan.
Republicans in the Michigan legislature aren't saying they're 100 percent definitely going to try to pass an anti-union law during the lame duck session ... but they're not denying it's being discussed. The law, called "right to work" by supporters and "right to work for less" or "no rights at work" by opponents, would make union members pay the costs of representing their coworkers who choose not to join a union, but who would still be eligible for union-negotiated benefits and grievance representation.

According to one Michigan reporter:

A bunch of Republican heavyweights, mostly business types from the west side of the state, are fiercely lobbying legislators to take quick advantage of big GOP majorities in both the House and Senate and pass it once and for all.

Other Republican lawmakers—those who have to face future elections—are squirming. If they vote “yes,” they most certainly will be the objects of fierce opposition from Democrats and their allies in organized labor come election time. If they vote "no," they almost certainly will face opposition in primary elections in 2014.

A former state representative and spokesman for an anti-union group pushing the law recently said that:
"In my opinion, we have the votes in the House. I believe we have the votes in the Senate, with the exception of Randy Richardville."

Richardville, of Monroe, the Senate majority leader, has opposed taking up the legislation, saying it's too divisive and would have little effect on job growth because less than 20 percent of the state's workers are unionized.

Elsewhere, Richardville, a Republican, has been quoted describing this as the "800-pound gorilla" of the lame duck.

(Via Working America)

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 02:59 PM PST.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions.

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Comment Preferences

  •  The Michigan Leg. isjust doing the bidding of (3+ / 0-)

    ALEC and the Mackinac Center, sure they want workers to make less so that the 1% can have even more. The real drive however is to break the unions even more then has already been done.

    The Michigan Republican leg. could just as well stay home and have a lobbyist vote for them.

    "Anything We got, We Got The Hard Way" Mary Chapin Carpenter.

    by vzfk3s on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 04:36:45 PM PST

  •  If I were the union I would say fuck you and (0+ / 0-)

    give the free riders NOTHING.

    They don't belong?  They don't get benefits.

    And take them to court.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 05:20:01 PM PST

    •  But they can't (0+ / 0-)

      Unions have what's called a "duty of fair representation", which means they must, as the exclusive bargaining agent for a particular bargaining unit, provide representation for all workers in that unit, whether or not a specific worker is a member of the union. A collective bargaining agreement has to cover everyone in the bargaining unit.

      Procrastination: Hard work often pays off after time, but laziness always pays off now.

      by Linnaeus on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 11:37:48 PM PST

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      •  Abosolutely true... (0+ / 0-)

        But sometimes the Republican union-busters really get after it (as they did to us here in Wisconsin), and the freeloaders who don't want to pay their fair share end up losing their due process work rights and the benefits that come from collective bargaining too...We only have to provide the protections laid out in the collectively bargained contract for free loaders...When we lose ours, they've lost theirs too...Scant consolation, but a wake up call for them...

        "Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it." ~Mark Twain

        by Up North on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 01:22:13 PM PST

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