Archive for the ‘RTW’ Category

Jan
2013
29

Indiana, Already “Right-to-Work,” Seeks Enhanced Anti-Unionism with Resolution Blocking Card Check

Indiana, Already
Having already fomented a staunchly anti-union agenda by passing “Right-to-Work” legislation last year, Indiana Republicans now look to further the scope of their worker-suppressive activity by amending the state’s constitution to block federal laws surrounding union organizing elections. The Republican-controlled Senate...
Jan
2013
25

LiUNA: “The rate of workplace deaths is 36 percent higher in ‘Right-to-work’ states.”

LiUNA: “The rate of workplace deaths is 36 percent higher in ‘Right-to-work’ states.”
“Right-to-Work” is often labeled a “job creating” law by Republicans who push it, but those who are affected by it can tell you it does nothing of the sort. Rather, its “wage lowering” power far outshines its ability to create an uptick in employment. To illustrate this point, the Laborers International Union of...
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Jan
2013
15

Michigan Looking to Add “F*ck the Worker Specialists” to the State Payroll

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder appears to be taking biased action to protect his newly-signed “Right-to-Work” law by adding new levels of bureaucracy to the Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Department. The Governor has created two new positions boasting job descriptions that aim to justify and prove the value of “Right-to-Work”...
Jan
2013
14

What Has “Right-to-Work” Brought Indiana? Increased Union Solidarity and an Enhanced Value Proposition.

When the Michigan legislature began its new session last week union activists welcomed the lawmakers back to the capital in a “walk of shame” rally intended to remind them that their brazen anti-worker agenda during the lame duck session which yielded “Right-to-Work” would not be met with pacifism. Michigan lawmakers are...
Dec
2012
14

More Incredibly Frustrating Pieces of Information Regarding Michigan “Right-to-Work” (plus, History!)

This week, in a matter of literal days, Michigan went from “Romney lost his home state hahahaha” to “Wisconsin 2011 but worse.” A radical agenda has been ushered through the lame-duck session that will permanently effect the economic landscape of the state, all in the interest of wealthy donors and the select few. A...
Dec
2012
13

WHILE YOU WERE PROTESTING: Michigan House Re-Passes the Emergency Financial Manager Law Voters Repealed at the Ballot a Month Ago

This is just beyond the pale. While the state of Michigan spent the week rallying against the anti-democratic passage of a wage-crushing “Right-to-Work” law, another piece of legislation that Michigan voters successfully repealed at the ballot box this November — the unpopular Emergency Financial Manager Law — was sent on...
Dec
2012
13

Building Trades President: Michigan Law Exacerbates the “Race to the Bottom”

Building Trades President: Michigan Law Exacerbates the
Yesterday, the President of the Building and Construction Trades Department (BCTD) of the AFL-CIO, released a statement concerning Michigan’s anti-democratic ramming through of a “Right-to-Work” law. He labels those who forced its passage “extremists,” laments the drawbacks of such laws including take home pay that...
Dec
2012
11

VIDEO: President Obama Admonishes Michigan GOP for Pursuing “Right-to-Work”

VIDEO: President Obama Admonishes Michigan GOP for Pursuing
Yesterday, during his “fiscal cliff” speech in Detroit, President Obama took the opportunity to attack the malevolence du jour that is the pending passage of “Right-to-Work” in Michigan. Given lackluster participation from O’Barry on labor issues thus far during his presidency, this address represents a welcome,...
Dec
2012
10

MICHIGAN: Obama Expected to Criticize RTW in Speech; GOP Slips Abortion Bill In; List of Actions

MICHIGAN: Obama Expected to Criticize RTW in Speech; GOP Slips Abortion Bill In; List of Actions
For the labor community, all eyes are on Michigan this week. We Are Michigan provides a list of actions for today (Monday), while the big “Day of Action” at the Michigan state capitol is planned for tomorrow with thousands committing to attend already via the online event page. To that end, hundreds of people gathered [&hellip...
Dec
2012
7

The Only Video You Need to Watch About “Right-to-Work” in Michigan

Articles are being written. Tweets are being sent. Press releases are going out. But you only need to watch this video of Michigan State Rep. Brandon Dillon (D-Grand Rapids) on the floor yesterday to understand just how sick, twisted, anti-democratic, anti-worker and unAmerican “Right-to-Work,” or what Dillon calls...
Dec
2012
6

MI “Right-to-Work” DAY1: Dems Stave off Zombie Law By, Get This, Following the State Constitution

MI
In Michigan, “Right-to-Work” — the anti-worker law that has already left 23 states with crap education systems and zero workers’ rights among other sadnesses — was shot like a canon into the Capitol when the Governor and the Chamber of Commerce changed their positions on the matter in the past week. Without...
Dec
2012
5

New Comments by Gov. Snyder Give Credence to the Suggestion that RTW Vote-Trading is Going On in Michigan

Yesterday we published a short piece outlining the Chamber of Commerce’s change of heart on “Right-to-Work” legislation in Michigan. They, like Governor Rick Snyder, had previously vocalized disinterest in pursuing the divisive, anti-worker law, but recently came out in favor of it with a groundswell of looney GOP support...