Archive for the ‘RTW’ Category

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WHILE YOU WERE PROTESTING: Michigan House Re-Passes the Emergency Financial Manager Law Voters Repealed at the Ballot a Month Ago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passage of a wage-crushing “Right-to-Work” law, another piece of legislation that Michigan voters successfully repealed at the ballot box this November — the unpopular Emergency Financial Manager Law — was sent on...
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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 ...
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

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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...
Dec
2012
4

“Flip-Flop-For-Less”: Chamber of Commerce Switches RTW Position, Anonymous Sources Say GOP is Vote-Trading to Protect EFM Laws

Yesterday, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce (CoC) reversed its previously suggested position on “Right-to-Work” (RTW) legislation and threw its political weight behind House Republican desires to use the “lame duck” session to attempt to pass the controversial law. Recently, video circulated of CoC representatives opposing...
Nov
2012
29

The Michigan GOP is Talking “Right-to-Work,” but One Big Voice May Not be Heard

An interesting battle is about to play out during Michigan’s “lame duck” session. “Right-to-Work” legislation is being pushed despite the objections of Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and one other unlikely voice of dissent: the state’s Chamber of Commerce (CoC). Throughout his tenure, Snyder has stated that...
Nov
2012
9

Canadian Building Trades Fighting Similar Fights to Their U.S. Counterparts

Canadian Building Trades Fighting Similar Fights to Their U.S. Counterparts
A policy paper from the Saskatchewan Provincial Building & Construction Trades Council finds that corporate suggestions submitted to the province’s controversial review of labour legislation would create a “Low Road to Growth” for the province’s workers. Among the submitted policies were “Right-to-Work”...
Oct
2012
16

In NH Gov Race, the ABC’s Endorsement of Lamontagne Means “Right-to-Work” Would Be a Near Certainty

In NH Gov Race, the ABC's Endorsement of Lamontagne Means
New Hampshire Gubernatorial candidate Ovide Lamontagne has pledged to turn the Granite State into the Northeast’s first “Right-to-Work” state and in doing so has earned the endorsement of the anti-union Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). This, of course, should come as no surprise as the ABC is a partisan political player...