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Tag: Right To Work
If one was to only read the story today by Tom Gantert at Capitol Confidential, it might seem strange that the Mackinac Center advocates a very oppressive position.
A quick read of the article makes it seem that the Mackinac Center is suing the Teamsters to compel them to represent a non-paying employee in a grievance action. It seemed strange to read:
"The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation filed a lawsuit Thursday on behalf of four former Teamsters union workers who say charging them a fee to file a grievance because they opted out of paying dues is in violation of the right-to-work law passed in December.But.. aren't they NOT paying for that service?
Gantert's story DOES reference the key:
"The lawsuit contends that even though the four employees no longer pay dues, they still are forced to be represented by the union."However, it is something that might also be said to mean 'the union still negotiates the salary/benefits'; often used to make the 'free-rider' argument by labor supporters.
The real story lies elsewhere.
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Several things are happening that will shape the future of Michigan's political scene.
One particular item is that former US Senate candidate and conservative Republican Gary Glenn is seeking the 98th District House seat. As a result of the failure to lead by our elected congressional types, there is a need for stronger leadership in our state legislatures that Glenn seems to understand.
"We have to get our government back to a more local level and do our best to dismantle this leviathan in Washington, D.C.," said Glenn. "I don't put a whole lot of faith in Congress to dismantle itself or the federal bureaucracy to do so, which is why I think we are going to need people of fortitude and conviction in state leadership positions who are going to wage that battle."True enough.
There is no question that courage will be needed by state lawmakers to defend Michigan's sovereignty against an acceleration of federal power grabs. And the man who shepherded Idaho's Right-To-Work legislation into place, worked diligently on Michigan's freedom to work, as well as seeing Michigan's 2004 defense of Marriage act through is hardly a wimpy advocate of conservative principles.
In the two videos below the fold, Gary talks of history, energy policy, tradition, family, and what was at the time, a hope that Michigan would become the next Right To Work state.
And not without his help we saw that last part materialize late last year.
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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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