Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Michigan Passes 'Right to Work for Less' Law Amid Intense Protests

For shame. Obviously, Michigan lawmakers take workers' rights for granted, just like the rest of us do. Rights won only because of unions. Rights considerably eroded since unions have been so weakened by corporate-fed lawmakers hell bent on wreaking Republican havoc all over the country:
Updated at 3:03 p.m. ET: Michigan lawmakers gave final approval Tuesday to legislation that would sharply limit labor rights, passing the first of two measures over the objections of thousands of people packing the Capitol in protest, some of whom chanted "Shame on you!" at lawmakers from the House gallery.  
  By a 58-51 vote, the Republican-led House passed a bill that would ban workplace rules that make union membership a condition of employment for government workers. It then approved a second bill, covering private-sector workers, by a vote of 58-52. After final parliamentary maneuvering, the bills will head to Gov. Rick Snyder, who said Tuesday that he would sign them.

The legislation would make Michigan — one of the most union-friendly states in the country — the 24th "right to work" state, making payment of union dues voluntary even though the union negotiates on a worker's behalf.