Michigan: Right to Work bill introduced today, protesters and supporters at the Capitol

Earlier this morning Right to Work legislation was introduced in Michigan (via Washington Examiner):

MIRS – The House and Senate will take up Right to Work (RTW) legislation today, Republican sources familiar with negotiations told MIRS.

Legislation will be for both private and public workers. The plan is for both chambers to take up legislation today.

Gov. Rick SNYDER, House Speaker Jase BOLGER (R-Marshall) and Senate Majority Leader Randy RICHARDVILLE (R-Monroe) have scheduled a media roundtable at 11 a.m. today.

Sources told MIRS they will be announcing details about the RTW plan. Republican legislators will then see the bill language.

Freedom Works and the Michigan Chamber of Commerce have been on the ground preparing for this legislative fight for weeks. Michigan Republicans are confident they have the votes to pass the Right to Work bill.

Already union protesters and legislation supporters have flooded the Capitol:

Michael Moon, a supporter of the legislation is on the ground there:

Looks like we’ve got another Wisconsin-type battle brewing on our hands.

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  • Rshill7

    Yay Scoop. Thanks for this. From a Michigander.

    • NYGino

      All the best to you and your fellow Michiganders Rs.

      • Rshill7

        Like the lovely and gracious 4Hoppes 4Example.

        • NYGino

          4goodness sake, 4Hoppes is a Michigander? 4that matter, I didn’t know 4Hoppes was a woman. 4get what I just said and 4give me 4joking around.

          • NYGino

            BTW, would that make her a Michigooser?

          • Rshill7

            4Get it. She’s a he. Trying to coax him out of his shell. Get it? Shell? 4Hoppes? Shell?

            • NYGino

              OK…I give up. 4Hoppes? Shell? I still don’t get it, maybe it’s a geographical thing. In any case, I’m holding your “Like” hostage until I understand.

              • Rshill7

                4Hoppes. Hoppes is a gun lubricant 🙂

                • NYGino

                  Duh!!! Sure, Hoppe’s No.9 solvent. Red and yellow bottle. I was using some last week on a .38 revolver. Don’t I feel like an idiot.

                  OK, you got your “Like”.

    • sDee

      One of my grandfathers immigrated to New York. If not for his union he’d never have gotten out of the immigrant neighborhood. He became a master plumber and electrician. He did it by choice, was loyal but would have never been part of this – never.

      • Rshill7

        Immigrated from where?

      • Indiana

        Same here. My Great-grandfathers were Mexican immigrants, they and my grandfathers were all steel workers in Northwest Indiana where my family resides today. They appreciate what the unions did but would be disgusted by today’s unions. My grandparents are alive today and think the unions and democrats are still good and for the people. Because I love them and they never went to college I don’t have the heart to explain to them that the Democratic Party they knew (Their first votes were for John Kennedy) is not the Democratic Party today and neither is the union. I am currently the only Republican in my family and I believe that people should have a choice to be in a union or not and of they are as strong as they think they are then there shouldn’t be a problem but let people have the freedom.

  • Sober_Thinking

    Fight these parasites!!! Don’t back down and show them we aren’t afraid and that we’re not going to take it anymore!!!

    Unions are the disease. Legislation like this is the cure.

    Lol… I wonder what Miss Bloated Detroit will think of this?


    Pray for this to pass!

  • theresaaa

    As a transplanted ( to Oklahoma ) Michigander I’m thrilled with this .

  • Andrew Scott

    as a lifelong michigan resident, I really hope this passes. Snyder is my hero

  • 911Infidel

    Good. People should have the right to join or not join a union. And they shouldn’t be dinged by unions by having to pay dues if they choose not to join. Don’t tell me that doesn’t happen, cause it happened to me once.

  • It’ll be interesting to see what happens. Not much got done under Granholm’s watch, but before her, John Engler was a Republican Guv for three terms (I think), and worked pretty hard to help find industry for Michigan that was NOT auto-related. Some of that has finally paid dividends. The Auto unions are still big, but not *HUGE* like they once were.

    Even so, they aren’t the problem. It’s the teacher’s union and some other public sector unions that are really killing the state (and helping to keep kids from learning).

    • marketcomp

      And you know what is so ignorant about this is that Detroit is desegregating right before our eyes. I mean how much more evidence does anyone need than that. It’s time to take a stand and these people need to protect themselves against the union bullies! Bullies have brain malfunctions so my solution is to just annihilate them.

      • Good point. After the white flight years of the seventies, a lot of young white folks and folks of all races, really are moving back into the many old (often abandoned) houses in Detroit.

        Then there’s Dearborn-istan. Total changeover there.

  • deTocqueville1

    Great! Be sumpthin if it passes. Might even save the state over time.

    • Rshill7

      oh, it’ll pass.

  • Amy

    My sympathy to the people of Michigan as well as my prayers for safety. This is an ugly fight that is not yet over even in the RTW states – or any of the other states who take on the unions.

    “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.” — Wendell Phillips

  • notebene

    Gee, if being in a union is such a prize, why is it they have to resort to extortion to keep their ranks? My dad was a union electrical worker and I watched him march in line all of his life. I knew as an educator that I would never allow myself to get forced into their legalized extortion scam. I now work in a private school and the only way I would ever go back to public school work is to see the union scam artists broken. I pray Michigan passes right to work legislation and I pray that it emboldens more states to break the stranglehold unions have on them.

  • pmb88

    Ooh. Think of the ramifications to unions if this passes.

    • Rshill7

      Elementary…you simply take the wild animal to the Vet and have it de-clawed, spayed and neutered. It’s perfectly good after that. No humping your leg, no ruining your stockings, sweaters, or upholstery. Quite agreeable really.

      Oh they still try to break the law at times after, but you arrest them and put them in a cage.

  • colliemum

    Are these actually grown-ups who are making these ridiculous kindergarden noises in the Capitol?

    Who do they think they are?

    Meanwhile, people in Egypt are fighting and dying for their right not to live in a dictatorship.

  • terry59

    TENNESSEE is a RIGHT TO WORK state we welcome any new companies and businessess
    to COME ON DOWN!!

  • All Americans should embrace a good fight with a union, any union. Unions have pushed us down the road to socialism for years now and they believe that with Obama as president they will get whatever they want. Thank GOD for the Federalist system in this country and that we still have a chance to stop these thugs at the state level. If Michigan stands tall like they did in Wisconsin, unions will be hit very hard, and it’s about time.

  • Michigan is another state like California that gets held hostage by the peasants.

    • Rshill7

      Not this time.

      • I really and truly hope so. I have come across a lot good conservative hard working traditional Michaganders online.

  • 1tootall

    This is getting to be way too predictable. Unions are entitled to whatever they want, right? Anything they ask for; anything they see and want, they are entitled to it. Actually they sound like my 5 year old kids…That is what they have in common, they are more like spoiled children than they are grown adults. That tells us all we need to know.

  • By the power of common sense we Michiganders have the power!!!

  • tx_gold

    Let them raise he!!, then pass the bill. It’s gotta end somewhere and Wisconsin was the starting place.

  • Andrew

    This will help improve our unemployment numbers in Michigan

  • BostonBruin
  • RestlessLegs

    What are these unions so afraid of? Well, they know what happens when people are given a choice between paying dues and not paying dues. In a June 2012 Commentary magazine article about Wisconsin, it showed the numbers just don’t drop… they PLUMMET:
    “The state’s second-largest union, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, had membership fall to 28,745 in February from 62,818 in March 2011… The organization’s Afscme Council 24, composed of state workers, fell more than two thirds to 7,100 from 22,300 last year.”
    Go Michigan!

  • Jim Botts

    I almost hope their Republican governor folds like a cheap RINO tent. I’d rather see those jobs move to red states anyway.

    Let the rest of Michigan suffer the same fate as Detroit. They deserve to writhe in a bed of their own collective ideological pestilence.

    Someone explain to me the difference between a wall street fat cat and a union. Both seem equally greedy to me and refuse to play by the rules.