By JGillman, Section News
We have a fight on our hands.
I think for once, the threat of a packed and organized Grand Traverse County commission chamber is a reality. This time its not about a failed septage system, bicycle paths, or a grant to the money pit of the day.
It is about a simple resolution.
Its about a statement, a reiteration, and a declaration, that there are some people who still have a sense of why so many fought for their independence(and ours as well). That reminder that we have not lost the will to abide by the rule of law. Law established to protect us from the overreaches often brought about "for our own good" and the desires for power over our fellow man.
It is a transparent and open leverage of opinion that has no binding end, yet sufficiently threatens those who would hold the leash to our state's work force. The resolution is opinion only, yet its call to put away the whip speaks loudly enough to have them organize an opposition "Rally." This memo sent out to the local Democrat party faithful:
"This is totally unacceptable and we have to make our voices heard. Please help us pack the room with strong union supporters. We need to send them the message that we will not tolerate this type of activity in Grand Traverse County."A declaration of freedom was once upon a time considered "unacceptable" as well.
How appropriate it is, that this would be an issue on a weekend where so many of us celebrate the independence declared by our nation's founders, as a resolution. One that is opposed by those forces who prefer to have no accountability, no real representation to the people they claim to serve. Those who would prefer to not allow a declaration of choice. Those who want no limit to their role in attempts to control what we do for a living, what we make, who we work for, and would insist that the wage we make, (their persistent argument) could not be sufficient solely created by our own efforts.
And the county Democrat vice chair who sits on the commission, Mr Ross Richardson will surely deny such organizational attempts were made by his hands.
These organizational measures brought about by the fear that this resolution, like one 235 years ago would be heard. And that one heard, and found "unacceptable" by a tyrant King. A King who also sent minions to do his work, so that he may hold onto power over those who fill his treasury, with little (if any) return of representative process. A writ that holds so much power because it declares a desire to end dominion could not be tolerated by those who wield that dominion.
Once it was a King, now it is a mob.
Tyranny wears many disguises. It often comes as a benevolent action. In fact, as often as not, it begins with an exchange of benefit for liberty. In a forced union environment, it is the exchange of your ability to disagree with a collective authority for presumably a few more shekels. It is the loss of control over your political will, and submission to those who bind you with oppressive authority.
It is truly something that comes without representation.
And in the face of organized efforts to deny this, we would merely declare it to be so.
The timing that is independence day weekend, and the activities by those who fear freedom in our modern times is of divine providence. The message we send is one that is simply an echo of one from so long ago.
Nos vadum exsisto solvo
"We shall be free"
Update [2011-7-2 13:48:19 by JGillman]: The text of the resolution.
Whereas , we agree with President John F. Kennedy's executive order regarding federal employees, that all persons "should have the right, freely and without fear of penalty, to form, join, or assist a labor organization," and of equal importance, "or to refrain from any such activity."
Whereas , to ensure individual freedom of choice, we believe that no person should be compelled, as a condition of employment, to: (1) refrain from voluntary membership or financial support of a labor organization, or (2) become or remain a member of a labor organization, or (3) pay any dues, fees, or assessments to a labor organization.
Whereas , we believe that the freedom to choose regarding union membership or financial support is a civil right, and that job discrimination on the basis of union membership or non-membership or financial support or nonsupport should be prohibited by law.
Whereas , in addition to being a matter of individual freedom and civil rights, those states that have enacted laws prohibiting the threat of being discriminated against or fired based on union affiliation have experienced dramatically higher job creation and income growth, a benefit Michigan can no longer afford to do without.
Whereas , over the last decade, Michigan suffered the biggest loss of jobs of any state in the nation, while the top five states for the creation of new private sector jobs over that same time were all states that protect employees' individual freedom of choice regarding union membership and financial support.
Whereas , according to the U.S. Census Bureau, two-thirds of the states which guarantee employees individual freedom to choose regarding union membership and support have higher per capita income than do the citizens of Michigan.
Whereas , over the last half-century, eight of the top ten states with the highest average annual growth in income were such voluntary unionism states, while Michigan ranked 50th among the states.
Whereas , when adjusted for taxes and the cost of living, families in voluntary unionism states have been found to have over $2,000 more disposable income each year than in states such as Michigan, where employees face the threat of being discriminated against and fired if they choose not to join or financially support a labor organization.
Whereas , we conclude that in addition to protecting our citizens' individual freedom and civil rights, passage of a state law guaranteeing voluntary unionism and prohibiting job discrimination based on union affiliation will also dramatically improve Michigan's ability to attract and create new jobs and thus stimulate our economy.
Therefore be it resolved , that the Grand Traverse County board of commissioners hereby calls on Gov. Rick Snyder and the Legislature, and specifically Senator Howard Walker and Representative Wayne Schmidt, to propose and enact an Employee Freedom To Work Act that will safeguard our individual freedom and civil rights by guaranteeing that all persons in Michigan have the right, freely and without fear of penalty, to form, join, or assist a labor organization, or to refrain from any such activity in order to to acquire, keep or maintain employment.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution shall be sent to Gov. Snyder, Sen. Walker, and Rep. Schmidt, and also to the boards of county commissioners of the other counties of the state, who we urge to join us in calling for the enactment of an Employee Freedom To Work Act for the people of Michigan.
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