Michiganders fed up with being under Big Labor’s thumb are marching today on the Michigan capitol in favor of right-to-work legislation. If enacted, members of unions such as the UAW would no longer be forced to contribute dues:

[Terry] Bowman was forced to join the UAW when he began working for Ford in 1996. He had to pay the union dues or a steep agency fee as a condition of employment. Right-to-work, he says, would give workers the freedom to withhold their dues if they do not approve of how union officials spend the money.

“I’m very pro-union on the context of what unions were created to do: to bargain on behalf of their members in the context of the workplace,” he said. “But unions are forcing their members to pay for a political agenda that many of them don’t agree with.”

Unions are countering by asserting that right-to-work legislation would put an end to collective bargaining. That is not the case:

“It doesn’t ban unions or collective bargaining—that’s protected by federal law [the National Labor Relations Act],” he said. “It makes union officials answerable and accountable to the workforce.”

And that’s a cause worth uniting behind.

Americans for Prosperity Michigan is leading the charge:

And despite union thugs’ best efforts at intimidation, right-to-work advocates are holding the line:

Unions are reacting in typical fashion:

But of course.

These extras were evidently bused in for thug reinforcements. The capitol was put on lockdown after being stormed by union members:

Union skull-crackers notwithstanding, the Michigan legislature will take up the right-to-work bill today:


If the bill passes, Michigan would be come one of the largest right-to-work states in the country. And that’s more than AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka can handle:

Perhaps he should reserve his outrage for his criminal minions.

Good for them. Stand strong, Michigan.



The bill has passed in the Michigan State House and Senate.

  • o0Nighthawk0o

    Fight the good fight Michigan!!. We in Indiana are finally free to work without being forced to pay union dues. It was a long hard battle but after the dems decided that running to Illinois wasn’t working we finally got it passed.

  • vino veritas

    AFP and states rights supporters must document/record everything
    these organized criminal clowns are doing to sabotage their legal rights
    since the MSM will lie and propagandize this situation in favor of the
    unions (assuming they ever bother to cover it). These modern day union
    scumbags are just employing tactics their bosses learned from their
    predecessors, who were originally taught these intimidation tactics
    from the old school LCN gangsters that owned (& still influence, in
    some cases) these same unions.

  • Karl Morey

    Oh dear lord I hope this passes. So bad.

    There is absolutely nothing that will be lost by making union contributions non-mandatory. Someone needs to remind these people that since dues will not be compulsive, it means THEY WILL TAKE HOME MORE MONEY (because they’re union in the first place, they’ll be earning more than their non-organized counterparts). Plus they can always elect into having the union take money anyway.

  • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

    Why would unions oppose this? Unions have turned Detroit back into a forest. Michigan seems to have thrived as a union state….Oh sorry, I meant turned into a cesspool, not thrived.

  • http://twitter.com/SandraHopes2 Sandra Hopes

    If Unions are so good why are there so many of their people able to be bussed around the country to protest available all the time? Conservatives can’t win battles because we all have to work for a living and can’t take time to protest.

  • Seewetoldu

    I heard Michigan wanted more beacon …I guess there hungry.

  • Streetiebird

    “Union goons .. grub free food” Yeah, that ONE guy was holding half a sandwich. OUTRAGE!!!!

    It’s amazing watching Americans turn against private Unions just because their rightwing media masters have hammered it home that all Unions are bad. Even while O’Reilly calls them out, he’s secretly a Union thug himself! Oh the Irony…

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      All unions are bad. Anyone who has been in one, had a relative in one, or lived near their union halls can determine that for themselves, unless their cranium is up the arse of the Democrat Party leadership.

      Most people in broadcasting HAVE TO BE in a union because of the extortionate nature of non-right to work states.

      • Streetiebird

        Yeah, nothing good has EVER come from unions. Oh except they were able to:
        End child labor
        Establish the legal right of workers to form unions and collectively bargain for wages, benefits and working conditions
        Establish the 8 hour work day and paid overtime
        Win workers’ comp benefits for workers injured on the job
        Secure unemployment insurance for workers who lose their jobs
        Secure a guaranteed minimum wage
        Improve workplace safety and reduce on the job fatalities
        Win pensions for workers
        Win health care insurance for workers
        Win paid sick leave, vacations, and holidays as standard benefits for most workers
        Win the right for public sector workers to collectively bargain
        Win passage of the Civil Right Acts and Title VII which outlaws job discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin
        Win passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act
        Win passage of the Family Medical Leave Act

        • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

          I wrote that unions ARE bad. “Are” is present tense.

          My grandad was fired on by federal troops in the West Virginia coal wars of the 1920s. Everything you have listed is handled by federal agencies. Unions today extort money from workers and force them into votes that put them out of jobs.

          Thousands of construction, oil field, mine and pipeline workers who are in unions, are NOT WORKING because the DNC wants to suck the financial teat of the environmentalist lobby, which keeps those people from working.

          Union leaders, in a just world, would be cast adrift on ice floes in the Bering Sea. Their financial estates would be seized and redistributed to corporations. They do nothing but crap on the workers and continue to make huge salaries.

          Win the right for public sector workers to collectively bargain

          You think that’s a GOOD thing? Ask California and Illinois why they’re going down the fiscal crapper.

          • Streetiebird

            Yes, you also said this: “Anyone who has been in one, had a relative in one, or lived near their union halls can determine that for themselves, unless their cranium is up the arse of the Democrat Party leadership.”

          • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

            Yep. In 2012, it’s plain to see.

          • Streetiebird

            If you watch the RightWingMedia then sure, it would be front and center almost every day.

        • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

          Halfwit, no–one said that. That’s your own dysfunctional insecurity cropping up again, that or your talking points from the SEIU website. SEIU? Or are more the IWW type? ’bout the same, I guess.

          • Jack Deth

            Hi, Ice Cold:

            The Industrial Workers of the World, IWW or “Wobblies” were the first generation of today’s organized union goons. Though much more blatantly socialist, virulent and violent. Often used on both sides of a picket line to bust up strikes.

            Though much more media savvy. Today’s unions still hold onto the IWW’s core belief that what you cannot win through negotiation. You can win through intimidation and if need be, violence.

        • Jack Deth

          Consumers have been paying more for less for union products and services since unions have been around.

          The 40 hour work week and 2000 hour work year were well in place due to Henry Ford and other industrialists before unions came into existence.

          All your other “good things” Unions have done result in consistently decreased contractual quality and efficiency. While continually jacking up the price to the consumer for that decreased quality and deficiency.

          To say nothing of unions redistribution of pension funds and skimming a percentage of their employees’ wages in kickbacks disguised as dues. All while being the Democrats’ campaign contribution money laundering operation.

        • dba_vagabond_trader

          Unions have morphed into hired mobs for the democrat party. No one cares about ancient history, they care about the here and now. Unions have been found wanting.

          • Streetiebird

            That is indeed what they want you to believe, well memorized!

        • http://www.facebook.com/lisa.dean.564 Lisa Dean

          We’ve gone over this before Streetiebird but yet we need to go over it again….Everything you’ve mentioned is covered under the Department of Labor. FMLA was under Clinton introduced by Representative William Ford. Civil Rights introduced by Representative Emanuel Celler. Federal law doesn’t require sick leave, vacations or holidays. Unemployment was created by the Social Security Act of 1935. Pensions were started for veterans of the Revolutionary War. Health insurance was started in MA by a company that offered insurance against injuries from railroad and steamboat accidents.

    • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

      Still getting the nickel a word? Or has this reviving economy dropped you to 3 cents per?

      Dipshit can’t tell the difference between someone who is required to be in a union and the eager jackals who are making purple the new brown.

      Yeah baby, I went there. GODWINNED!!!!

    • yarddawg8381

      When you are “Forced” to pay Union dues even when you Don’t want to join a Union and Your Union Dues are spent on Slime like Obama and you have no say so as to which candidate you would want YOUR Money to go to then YES It’s time for the Unions to go!!

  • Ray O.

    Go Michigan, Go!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/alan.d.willingham Alan D. Willingham

    When people are forced to pay extortion in order to keep their job, it is called a “Protection Racket” and is an illegal and criminal activity committed by Mobs & Gangs. When people are forced to pay extortion in order to keep their job and the Mob or Gang is called a “Union”, they are still an enemy of the working people and of Freedom, yet Democrats enthusiastically approve of such violent intimidation and legalized bullying & theft.

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      Unions are the money laundering arm of the Democrat Mob.

  • EOD

    Rights and Freedom never seem to be part of the Democrat Party Platform.

    Will Obama jump in to save the day for the Party of Oppression?

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  • Godzilla Smash14

    It passed the House and the Senate. FRREEEEEEEEDOMMMMM!!!!!