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  • longpickuptruck longpickuptruck Dec 7, 2012 5:59 PM Flag

    Michigan: A Right to Work State

    Right to work does not do away with unions. It returns the right to an individual not to have to pay into a union unless he want to.
    It is time for someone to start returning some rights back to the individual.

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    • it will kill unions--bottom line.workers should pay union dues --unions support workers

    • Does this mean we don't have to pay Taxes or buy Auto Insurance?

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      • LANSING, Mich. (Reuters) -- The proposed Michigan "right-to-work" law will not apply to existing union contracts, a leading sponsor of the proposal said today.

        Such an exemption in the measure would likely blunt the its immediate impact on the huge auto industry in the state.

        Michigan Republicans pushed through the state Legislature on Thursday a law making the payment of union dues voluntary in the private sector. The state Senate also voted to apply this to the public sector except for police and fire unions.

        Republican lawmakers, who hold majorities in both chambers of the legislature, could give final approval to the laws on Tuesday and Republican Gov. Rick Snyder could immediately sign them, Amber McCann, spokeswoman for state Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, said today.

        "Right-to-work" could be signed into law within a week in the cradle of the U.S. auto industry, a stunning blow to organized labor in the United States.

        The law would actually take effect at the end of March, Richardville said on Thursday.

        But the legislation has a so-called "grandfather" clause exempting existing union contracts until they expire, said Republican state Sen. Arlan Meekhof, a sponsor of the plan.

        Major automakers General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co., and Chrysler signed a four-year contract with the UAW which runs until Sept. 14, 2015, a spokeswoman for GM said.

        "They can continue to operate just as they are until the next contract," said Bob Clark, a labor relations consultant and former Ford labor economist, who based his interpretation on the wording of the draft law.

    • Just look at the state that Michigan is in and the decline of Detroit, maybe the unions have just a little to do with the demise of that city. The union is basically another tax everyone has to pay into. The union becomes just as if not more corrupt that the company was before the union was voted in power. If the company had been run in a fair manner before unions came in, the union would have never been needed. What eventually happens the unions hold the company hostage and money that could have been used for research and development is paid to the unions demands and product quality goes down, does this ring a bell. Furthermore the unions are so out of touch, that in the congressional hearings the union leader testified that the union had made concessions to GM and the savings would be realized in 2010, the congresman overseeing the hearing, told the union leader that the company would be bankrupt before those savings would be realized. Also, the GM executives flew to DC on private jets. Kind of reminds you of Dumb and Dumber.

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