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UAW chief: War on workers not the answer


The article below was written my Mr. Bob King  president of the United Auto Workers and appeared in the Tuesday, November 20, 2012 issue of The Bay City Times opinion page D 1 as a guest columnist.

” I want to thank the Times for publishing the guest editorial ” Don’t even think about right-to-work law” (Nov. 15).

The editorial calls on Gov. Rick Snyder to stand firm against fellow Republicans who want to divide Michigan voters with a push for right-to-work legislation.

I agree. What our state needs right now is a climate of cooperation. It’s time to get back to work in creating economic success.

The UAW is committed to working with all sectors to create jobs and prosperity for all Michiganders,  just as we have done in the auto industry with General Motors, Ford, Chrysler and many suppliers.

In 2008, the auto crisis threatened thousands of much-needed jobs and critical revenue for our state.

We did it together

Today the domestic industry is roaring back. There is new investment in factories, more jobs created in our state and work coming to Michigan from overseas.

This is a testament to the sacrifice made by UAW members and government, labor and the community, working together to find sensible economic solutions.

We are proud to have shown the world that it can be done, and that collective bargaining is part of that formula for success.

A recent poll by Progress Michigan and the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center showed strong support for collective bargaining in Michigan. A strong majority of voters ( 70 percent) continue to support the right of workers to organize and bargain over wages, benefits, and working conditions.

The poll also showed that with the election behind us, voters overwhelmingly (83 percent agree, 64 percent strongly agree) are ready for politicians in Lansing to get to work creating jobs and improving education, not changing rules about unions.

It is time to halt the bickering. A war against workers is not the answer.

It is time to move forward. It’s time to get to work in creating a better Michigan.

Let’s draw those lines.

The editorial stated that Gov. Snyder has repeatedly said right-to-work legislation is not part of his agenda and that he should go further. It called on the governor to boldly pronounce that he doesn’t want to see a bill on his desk. It goes even further to encourage the governor to say that if a bill does appear, he will veto it.

We agree. What’s good for working families is good for business and good for  Michigan.

Together let’s devote our energies and resources to fostering mature relationships to save jobs, create more jobs and make this state attractive to those who share those mutual goals.”

Another stab at right-to-work ?


The below listed article was written by Mr. Rick Haglund of Michigan Business and appeared in the Sunday, November 18,2012 issue of “The Bay City Times” Michigan Business page D 1.

I agree with what Mr. Haglund says in the article and suggest that it should be taken as a warning to all who oppose right-to-work laws in Michigan.

” There’s much speculation that lawmakers soon will take upright-to-work legislation after voters rejected a ballot proposal that would have locked collective bargaining rights in the state constitution.

Former Kalamazoo-area State Rep. Jack Hoogendyke, who is pushing to make Michigan a right-to-work state, says now is the time.

Right-to-work laws prohibit companies from negotiation contracts with unions that require the payment of union dues.

” If conditions were ever perfect for this to happen, they are right now.” Hoogendyk, who represents an organization called Michigan Freedom to Work, said in a news release last week.

Or are they?

Yes, voters rejected guaranteeing collective bargaining rights in the state constitution.

And there is support for right-to-work among Republican lawmakers who control the Legislature.

But not all legislative leaders are on board. Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville has said he is opposed to right-to-work.

Gov. Rick Snyder continues to dance around the issue. Snyder told reporters the day after the Nov. 6 election that right-to-work still is not on his agenda because it is too divisive.

But Hoogendyke points out there’s a YouTube video of Snyder ( see it at bit.ly/snyderyoutube ) in which he said in 2010 he would sign a right-to-work bill should one reach his desk.

Rep. Mike Shirkey, a Grass Lake Republican who has been itching to introduce right-to-work legislation for months, isn’t convinced Snyder is supportive.

And Shirkey told me for a post-election story I wrote for Bridge magazine he will not introduce a bill until he knows Snyder will sigh it.

” I’m not going to give up, but having the governor’s support is absolutely key to this.” he said.

Shirkey says he supports collective bargaining rights but says workers should have the right to decide whether they want to be part of a labor union.

Unions say right-to-work laws create ” free riders, ” workers in union shops who don’t pay union dues but who are represented by unions in contract negotiations and grievance proceedings.

And that’s the point.  Right -to-work advocates are counting on lots of workers covered by union contracts to opt out of paying dues, shrinking the financial muscle of labor unions.

Some lawmakers and business lobbyists say the unions brought on this fight by putting collective bargaining on the ballot.

But union leaders say it was the right-to-work saber-rattling that pushed them to try to protect collective bargaining, especially for public workers.

Hoogendyke is stretching it when he says this is the ” perfect ” time to enact right-to-work. But bad blood between labor and right-to-work supporters ensures the issue won’t soon go away.”

Email: haglund.rick@gmail.com

Making Michigan a Right To Work State


The post copied below was taken from a Republican blog dated 12 November 2012. I think that it is a very good example of what I have said before (see earlier post about proposal 2) that if proposal 2 did not pass what would happen.

In the past Governor Snyder has said that ” making Michigan a right to work state was not on his agenda.” Now that doesn’t mean that it is not on the Legislators agenda and he has refused to say if he will sign it into law is it comes across his desk from the State Legislators.

The Michigan House and Senate have 80 some bills right now ready to go to the Governor’s desk to be signed into law such as the Right to Work for Less bill, a bill to abolish the Michigan Health and Safety Act, and a bill making it illegal in the State of Michigan for workers to picket. just to name a few.

    In the next few articles that I post I will try to show why I think that making Michigan a Right To Work State would be a very grave mistake and would severely hurt Michigan Workers while making Michigan Corporations and the upper 1 to 2 % richer and the middle class and the poor even poorer than they all ready are.
     I should also note that the facts and figures listed below by Mr. Hogendyde come directly from the Mackinaw Center which is directly associated with and receives a large part of its financing from the American Legislative Exchange Committee (A.L.E.C.) which I will also try to explain more about in the following posts.

By J. Gillman
Jack Hoogendyk offers a timely opinion on a very important matter.

It is time for Michigan to become a right-to-work state. If ever the conditions were perfect for this to happen, they are right now. Consider:

•We have a Speaker of the House who has publicly expressed support for RTW.
•A solid majority of House members and, I believe, Senate members have expressed a willingness to vote for a RTW law, if it comes to a vote on the floor.
•We have a Governor who has pledged to sign a RTW bill if it gets to his desk.
•We have a veto-proof majority in the Senate.
•Three unabashedly pro-union ballot proposals were soundly defeated at the polls last week.
•Indiana became the 23rd RTW state this year.
•Wisconsin, the birthplace of public-sector unions has beaten back multi-million-dollar efforts by the union bosses to recall the governor and many legislators. In spite of their efforts, the governor remains and the Assembly and Senate have retained or won back Republican majorities.
•Polling data has shown that a solid majority of Michigan residents support RTW for Michigan.
•We are entering the “lame-duck” session, a time when anything can happen, and usually does.
•There is a wealth of data to give evidence that right-to-work states create more jobs, more wealth, fewer residents on welfare, higher per-capita disposable income, and much more. Find the data here and here.
With all this compelling data, and circumstances being as ideal as they have ever been, what is holding up the legislation that has already been written, from being introduced in the House and the Senate?

The answer lies with one person, the Majority Leader of the Senate, Randy Richardville. He has gone on record opposing RTW in Michigan. In spite of the fact that a majority in the House and the Senate, and the people of Michigan support RTW, and the governor has agreed to sign the bill, Mr. Richardville has flatly refused to support this bill.

It is time to encourage the Majority Leader to support RTW or to respectfully ask him to step out of the way and allow this bill to be heard and voted on. He can vote against it if he wishes, but I believe the Senate will pass it if given the opportunity, the House will follow suit, and the Governor will quickly sign it.

Please contact Randy Richardville here and respectfully ask him to give Right-to-work for Michigan an up or down vote. Let’s put job creation in the Great Lakes State on the fast track.

Regards,

Jack Hoogendyk

 

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