|Union stooges protest Michigan's right-to-work legislation|
It is neither (as we'll learn below), and is actually pro-worker. Some pro-union protesters got out of hand and had to be pepper sprayed and restrained by law enforcement officers. Union hooligans tried to turn Lansing into another Madison-like battleground, but couldn't muster the muscle.
During the Senate debate, angry Democrats spoke against the legislation, drawing cheers and applause from pro-union, anti-freedom protesters who were observing the session. "At one point," reports the Chicago Tribune, "a man shouted, 'Heil Hitler! Heil Hitler! That's what you people are.' He was quickly escorted out. Another later yelled, 'We will remember in November'. Eight people were arrested for resisting and obstructing when they tried to push past two troopers guarding the Senate door, state police Inspector Gene Adamczyk said."
The Republicans in control of Michigan's legistlature passed the right-to-work bills quickly, much faster than the long, painfully drawn-out processes in Indiana and Wisconsin, notes USA Today, "where votes to curb union rights followed weeks or months of pitched battles, Michigan acted in the blink of an eye. GOP legislative leaders were saying as late as Wednesday that it was uncertain whether the issue would come up in a lame-duck session moving toward adjournment."
Is it a mystery? Yes, and no. To rational, freedom-loving Americans, it is certainly puzzling. But it's no mystery to the union bosses making six-figure salaries with fat pensions and generous benefits. They depend on the union dues that they extort from the paychecks of the rank and file to support their cushy lifestyles. Then there are the brainwashed among the rank and file, who have been fooled into believing that it's still 1896 and that without the protection of the unions they would all be in chains and whipped by their bosses. It is not 1896, of course, and these days there were strong laws at local, state and federal levels to protect workers from abuses.
More than 18,000 Hostess Brands employees lost their jobs last month as the result of a strike caused by a bakers union. It is probably safe to say that few of those now-unemployed folks are happy to be out of work just because their union made them so. It is probably also safe to say that many of those former employees now wish they had all of those union dues in their own pockets, rather than in the bank accounts of the well-paid and still-employed union bosses.
This is how the American Left thinks: Your individual freedom to work without being forced to join a union is bad. Your right to not have a chunk of your paycheck stolen by a union of which you are not a member is bad. The mainstream media today is trumpeting the "outrage over right-to-work." Think about that. Outrage. Over people's right to work without a union forcing them to join or pay dues. Outrage.
|Biden and Hoffa at the Teamsters’s international|
convention in Las Vegas on July 1, 2011
(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
What Hoffa does not address in his statement, of course, is that unions do not create jobs, either, and are actually a leading cause of unemployment. He does not point out the tragedy of the Hostess Brands strike that put 18,000 Americans out of work. "So we will fight like hell against this power grab by the corporate elite because it is wrong for our great state," said Hoffa in his statement, but he does not admit that the unions are all about grabbing power and that he and other union leadership elites live the good life with huge salaries on the backs of their members. Read Hoffa's full statement.
In the twisted mind of "progressives" and pro-union imbeciles, your right to work without being harassed or ripped off by fat-cat union bosses is less important than supporting the political agenda of authoritarian socialism. And yet, they have the nerve to call the pro-freedom side Nazis and fascists. The Leftists and pro-union puppets shout "Heil Hitler! Heil Hitler!" at the Republicans in Michigan's capitol, yet they are closer to Hitler's mentality because of their desire to bolster the authoritarian, undemocratic unions and to eliminate personal freedom of choice.
I wish a Liberal/progressive/Democrat would explain this for those of us who have difficulty understanding the thought processes of the mentally ill. The Leftists are quite vocal about being "pro-choice" when it comes to killing unborn babies, but they have a big problem being pro-choice when it comes to allowing American workers the freedom to choose whether or not they want to join a union. Those of us who cherish personal freedom and decency in the workplace want understand their twisted, masochistic, un-American thought process. I'm afraid, however, that it is not fully comprehensible.
Meanwhile, the fight in Michigan is not necessarily over by any means. "Unions understand what real worker choice means," notes Hot Air today. "It means a steep decline in dues payments, which will severely limit the ability of unions to play kingmaker in politics, essentially controlling both sides of the bargaining table when it comes to public-sector labor negotiations. Don’t expect them to give that up easily between now and Tuesday, when the legislature needs to give right-to-work changes one final push to get them to Snyder’s desk. It’s going to get ugly in Lansing."
- Column: Right to work right for business USA Today
- Statement from Michigan Gov. Snyder, Dec. 7, 2012 Michigan.gov/snyder
- Union membership rates by state, 2011 data from Bureau of Labor Statistics Vielmetti
- Lockout Sours for Union Members at Sugar Plant Labor Pains