Michigan Passes Right to Work; What Are Labor’s Next Options?

By: Wednesday December 12, 2012 10:30 am

Labor has not really attempted to overturn the Indiana “right to work” law, where they had less options at their disposal. But there are tools available in Michigan, as well as a relatively dense unionized labor force ready to fight back.


Labor Can Put Right to Work on the Ballot in Michigan in 2014

By: Tuesday December 11, 2012 2:40 pm

Labor unions believe they have found a way to challenge these bills at the ballot box, even if they would be allowed to remain in place for a while in the interim. As first reported by NBC News, an analysis by the Citizens Research Council of Michigan shows that labor would have recourse to put the right to work laws up for a citizen initiative.

Michigan House Gives Final Approval on Right to Work

By: Tuesday December 11, 2012 11:28 am

Despite large protests and thousands of demonstrators, lawmakers in Michigan, as expected, granted final approval to right to work legislation, which will ban closed shop unions and allow workers to opt out of union dues despite having their employment covered by a collective bargaining agreement.

Democratic Congressional Delegation Meets With Governor Snyder in Michigan

By: Monday December 10, 2012 11:07 am

Senator Carl Levin and most of the Democratic delegation in the House, including John Dingell, John Conyers, Sandy Levin, Gary Peters, Hansen Clark, Dave Curson and Congressman-elect Dan Kildee attended the meeting. Snyder said he would “take seriously” their concerns.

As Right To Work Push Begins in Michigan, Police Arrest Protesters, Use Pepper Spray, Lock Down Capitol

By: Thursday December 6, 2012 12:24 pm

As expected, Michigan Republicans rolled out right to work legislation today, which Governor Rick Snyder, previously seen trying to court a moderate pose, said he would sign into law.

Election 2012: The GOP’s Swing-State Governor Problem

By: Sunday May 29, 2011 6:00 pm

The bad economy, Democrats’ terrible political handling of health care reform and an unusually high number of positions up for election allowed a wave of Republican governors to be swept into office across the country last year. Yet this wave of success, and the poor economy which enabled it, could become a real political headache for the GOP in 2012 as the try to take the White House.

How to Destroy a Society

By: Sunday April 24, 2011 11:00 am

Societies collapse suddenly. Maybe the hyper-rich can find one of their trained seal economists to prove they don’t.

Using New Emergency Financial Manager Law, They Start Dissolving Governments in Michigan

By: Saturday April 16, 2011 7:52 am

In what is likely to be just the first of several dissolutions of democratically elected city governments and school boards in Michigan, the Emergency Financial Manager of Benton Harbor, Joseph Harris, just took away all authority from the city’s elected government.

Gov. Snyder Losing Michigan, and Voters Want to Support Collective Bargaining

By: Tuesday March 22, 2011 4:52 pm

Add Rick Snyder to the list of Republican governors who over-read their mandate and now find themselves quickly unpopular. First it was Scott Walker in Wisconsin, then John Kasich in Ohio. Now Snyder, whose budget includes large corporate tax cuts while increases in taxes for the working poor, and who pushed through a strengthened set of laws for emergency financial managers, who would be allowed to void union contracts and even fire elected officials, sees his ideas get the thumbs-down from his constituents.

Michigan Becomes Latest State with Worker-Led Uprising

By: Wednesday March 16, 2011 11:47 am

The team at MichaelMoore.com is streaming live video all day long from protests in Lansing, the latest site to see a backlash to Republican-led efforts to weaken the rights of workers. Moore says that over 6,000 protesters occupied the Rotunda in the Capitol as of an hour ago. About a thousand stayed overnight last night.

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