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If we had already established a long running Man Of The Year program, perhaps we could say we've found a Michigander of the Decade.
He is not running for anything, so this is not an endorsement, other than that of conservative ideals, principles, and his grass roots activity in areas that should matter to us all.
The first time I met Tim Bos, was at the back door of a conference room here in Traverse City in 2011 just prior to the June 30 public roll out of the Michigan Freedom To Work campaign. It was an organizational meeting that was publicized enough to give us concern that some attendees might not be who they say. If I am to be truthful, my first impression at the door was one of concern. I didn't know him. As we started the meeting, any concerns faded, as I learned of his marketing and organizational background, his core beliefs, and the overall skills he brought to the table.
I realized that this was a guy that gets it. I also realized a serious commitment in the fight for Freedom To Work in Michigan by looking at the old Ford pickup he drove, especially at a time with gas prices climbing fast. It wasn't the last time he would make the couple hundred mile treks into the hinterland just to advocate for the cause of FTW, as only a couple weeks later he returned, driving hours to offer his three minutes worth, in front of the Grand Traverse County Commission which was deliberating a resolution of support for it.
His words might well have made a difference in the overflowing room; one we cannot know for sure however, but the resolution did pass.
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The argument for Right to Work in Michigan isn't complicated, but unions and democrats have been putting out lots of misinformation, trying to confuse people.
The case for Right to Work is simple. You should not be forced to join or pay dues to a union as a condition of employment. Unions claim to support workers, but they want to fire workers who refuse to give them money.
Unions argue that they are providing a benefit to the workers, and that the workers who don't pay dues to the union are "free riders" who deserve to be coerced into paying them money. But this argument is false. First, the unions are free to set up non-exclusive agreements so that they only represent their members and not non-members. But unions overwhelmingly refuse to set up this sort of agreement, choosing instead to coerce people who don't want to be in the union. The people who don't want to join a union are 'captive passengers', not 'free riders'.
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H/T Doug Sedenquist
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Make no mistake that this was a war that the unions were pining for. They may have screwed up and misjudged the outcome, but they were hankerin' for a fight. Now they want a do over.
They looked at Michigan's Gov. Rick Snyder and they believed the picture that his moderate to centrist portrait portrayed--he simply wanted all this arguing over Michigan's right-to-work nonsense to go away. He told more conservative leaning members of his own party to back off right to work and they obliged. He did not want any such legislation to reach his desk and it did not.
But Snyder also made his position known to the unions. In trade for his stance on r-t-w, the union machine would not push for an amendment enshrining a closed shop mentality into the state's constitution. Michigan certainly did not need that in an age where job providers must seek business friendly climates in which to eke out a profit.
While Snyder stayed his course during his first two years (disappointing me and many others,) the unions predictably saw blood in the water and reneged on their portion of the understanding. Unions loudly placed the ill-advised Proposition 2 onto the ballot while also putting their cumulative weights behind two other propositions.
Sadly for the unions, this all occurred under a well focused spotlight.
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Today was a day that might forever change the direction of this country.
Amidst several hundred bussed in union protesters (some of them being unruly - see below the fold) and threats of violence, the Michigan legislature passed two important measures ensuring labor freedom in our great state:
HB 4054 of 2011 Local government; other; right-to-work zone; permit. Amends sec. 14 of 1939 PA 176 (MCL 423.14) & adds sec. 14a.4054 may have to be reconsidered because of a procedural move by the Dems, but apparently SB106 will be the measure the house will finalize on Tuesday. there is also a Senate bill (still working on this) that passed 22-4 when the cowardly Dems walked out.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Snyder said he had kept the issue at arm's length while pursuing other programs to bolster the state economy. But he said circumstances had pushed the matter to the forefront.
"It is a divisive issue," he acknowledged. "But it was already being divisive over the past few weeks, so let's get this resolved. Let's reach a conclusion that's in the best interests of all."In fact, as I type this, Rick Snyder is on Greta VanSusteren on FOX.
He sounded good. His words on the Freedom To Work legislation are identical to the words we have used here and elsewhere. Choice, opportunity, freedom. His pledge to sign the bills as soon as they reach his desk could literally change the nation's future. This historic event is nothing short of amazing and couldn't come soon enough.
Thank you to those who today wrapped up a very impressive Christmas present for all Michiganders, and the rest of the country as well.
Prouder than ever to be a part of this great State.
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About damn time.
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder said today that a bill will be introduced that would make Michigan the nation's 24th right-to-work state.
Must've been painful for the Governerd, with all that sitting on center ice bench warming. Doh! Bad hockey reference: that goonion that takes 53% revenue, and it still isn't enough is on strike again. Nice monster you created 55 years ago, Teddy.
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By JGillman, Section News
Of course we will believe when we see it.
However, this important legislation protecting workers choices would be the shot in the arm for a still ailing Michigan economy. It would create a more competitive atmosphere not only with other states, but would allow the global competitiveness we have previously enjoyed to return. Its about time we do this, yet have faced a number of obstacles that ought not have been there. The election clarified the will of the people sufficiently enough to understand that they are tired of having Michigan run by a few elite labor bosses, and its time for a change.
So when Jack Hoogendyk sends out this note:
"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?It offers a little hope.
We'll take it where we can.
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