Right to Work becomes law in Michigan, now the 24th Right to Work state in U.S.

Hurray for Michigan. Freedom to choose has now becomes state law:

FOX NEWS – The Michigan Legislature on Tuesday gave final approval to contentious “right-to-work” legislation, in the face of raucous protests in the capital and stern warnings from Democratic lawmakers.

There will be blood, there will be repercussions,” State Democratic Rep. Douglas Geiss, speaking on the House floor on Tuesday, warned ahead of the votes.

The final votes on the House side Tuesday deliver a blow to the labor movement in the heart of the U.S. auto industry. The measures ban unions from demanding dues from workers.

One bill dealt with public sector workers, the other with government employees. Both measures cleared the Senate last week, and were signed by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday afternoon.

Because of the Union thugs, State Troopers wearing riot gear are now surrounding the governor’s office building. Watch Mike Tobin’s report below on the violent protests in Michigan today:

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  • FutureOnePercent

    Now watch the union members flee from their masters like freed hostages in a bank holdup.

    • Orangeone

      And watch the union thugs protest at workers’ homes when they leave the union chains.

  • 57thunderbird

    Yahoo!Way to go Michigan!

  • BHliberty

    Freedom reigns! God Bless Michigan!

  • I give it less than 6 months after the law is enacted for the democrats to start complaining how the economy hasn’t improved/gotten worse. As if this change in the law could turn that hot mess of a state around–it will take years before this happens.

    • Orangeone

      ObamaCare hits 1/1/13 and that will destroy the economy in all 50 states

      • Doesn’t the mandate start in 2014? I thought that we had another year before it was fully implemented.

        • Orangeone

          Some of the taxes hit Jan 1

        • Orangeone

          New 3.8% medicare surcharge tax starts 1/1/13 against millionaires (single $200,000, married $250,000)

    • Lime Lite

      Wisconsin took off after they got rid of their unions. Same will happen here.

  • E. Lee Zimmerman

    Well, regarding the statement “there will be blood,” the union thugs don’t have to show up to get their bells rung, you know. They can stay at home, call their congressmen, etc., and engage in CIVIL disobedience … but, if they’d rather have their blood let, then go about business as usual.

  • Conniption Fitz

    Great news! Unions need ‘gelding’…they’ve gotten out of order. Maybe they were good in the days of the big heartless industrialists, but nowadays they are more Mafia and Communist than good.

    Jimmy Hoffa, Jr. threatening violence if Obama wasn’t re-elected.
    Unions hiring low-life professional ‘protesters’ for Occupy and costing taxpayers and cities millions for cleanup.
    Unions damaging the Wisconsin capital with their stupid protest.

    They are out of order and need to be put in their place.

    SO do establishment permanent political class – the very idea of Hillary and Jeb running in 2016 makes me absolutely furious.

    • 57thunderbird

      If the GOP nominates the RINO Jeb Bush they are finished.

      • Martin2717

        They already are finished IMO.

  • Nukeman60

    There should be a law about crossing state lines to picket and protest a State issue. Most of the thugs were from out-of-state. Having said that, actions and words have consequences. If they are going to declare that there will be blood spilt, then the troopers should have no qualms about shooting when rioters get out of hand. The threat has been laid down.

    • lostdutchman

      There should be a law about political money being spent OUTSIDE of the political jurisdiction it originates from, too. Best way to have a truly ‘local’ election is keep all the ‘foreigners’ out of the mix (if you don’t live in the jurisdiction, you’re a ‘foreigner’, it would seem to me. )

      • Nukeman60

        I would agree with that sentiment when it comes to local and state politics. But unlike what Murkowski said in Alaska (she thought outsiders should stay out of her race), when it comes to US House of Representatives and US Senate, I think we all should be involved, because these people affect each and every one of us when they pass bills.

        • lostdutchman

          Not exactly…our Congressional reps are elected to represent OUR local interests on the National playground. As I have said before, to any wishing our Rep ill fortune at the polls: “You may not like my representative, but we do… we elected him, he’s ours, and you (kindly) stay the Hell out of our business.”

          What is the difference between a person personally interfering in a local election, or his money doing so? Only thing I can see is the insidious nature of the latter.

          Also, the Feds make a big squawk to ‘overseas money’ playing any role in our elections. How is that ANY different from my observation? At least, George Soros is a citizen (spit..spit)! and he ‘invests’ all over the country at election time!

          • Nukeman60

            So you would have no problem, then, with a neighboring town electing a mayor who could affect the expenditures in your town, right? It’s their business, after all, so why would you care? I realize this doesn’t happen, but it is the same thing as the US Congress.

            Only people in the individual States vote for their own representatives, that’s true, therefore they represent these people. No one else votes for them. It’s not like someone is stealing the election. But making sure the truth is out there is an important concept. Usually, the candidate who lies the best gets elected and that has to change.

            As far as the Senate goes, the 17th amendment should be repealed, as well. Give the voice of the states back to them where it was intended.

  • 57thunderbird

    BooHoo union thugs.Cry me a river.

  • Conniption Fitz

    It would be neat if citizens showed up and protested against the union thugs and forced them to ‘stand down’.

  • I wish this could happen in my state of California..

    • RighteousCrow_JustCaws

      Experiencing the corruption and degradation of California was affecting our health. All we had left of our lovely home state were memories, so we packed them up along with our worldly goods and moved away 5 years ago. Life is too short to be a victim.

      Still have the memories along with new experiences and new friends as well.

  • notebene

    I pray Right to Work catches like wildfire! We can’t afford these thugs and it’s time they got off their asses and actually earned their wages!

  • jleinf

    Why is it that union bullies,commies and libtards all get along?- Oyeah, they want something for nothing.

  • WI4Walker


  • Bravo! How can a state with 18% union enrollment take a whole State hostage?

    • Orangeone

      They bring unionbots in from neighboring states and threaten violence.

    • FreeManWalking

      The LORD will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven.

      My bad, that is meant toward all the ites that come against Israel!

  • Never thought I’d see the day. I think the people of Michigan will be shocked to see jobs come back. They have some of the most skilled workers in the world, but no company was willing to move there in recent years because of the unions.

  • TexasBanker

    I will celebrate any victory we can get this year. Even if it’s a small one. It has been one hell of a year.

  • Orangeone

    Now if only we could get our $70 billion loss out of the auto bailouts.

    • Since we taxpayers own it, I’m sure we’ll all get a stock certificate for our share.

      • Orangeone

        Someone tweeted that they wanted their portion of the loss to deduct for tax purposes.

  • poljunkie

    Fantastic. I hope Michigan sees a huge resurgence of manufacturing and other jobs returning back!

  • KenInMontana

    There has never been a successful challenge of a “Right to Work” law, most likely because of Taft-Hartley (a Federal Law), which gives State governments the authority to outlaw the “closed shop” (Taft-Hartley Act, Section 14(b) ).

    • Orangeone

      Ken you are taking me back decades with that post! I learned about Taft-Hartley Act when I was just a little one….wonder if public schools even teach it any more.

    • freenca

      It stops the legalized extortion of the worker’s moneys!

  • deTocqueville1

    Bravo. Hoffa Jr. of course is now threatening ‘civil war’.

  • Sober_Thinking

    Thank God!

    Pray for this man. With the bolsoi that unions do, his life might now be in danger. Pray for protection over him and all of the Republicans in this state.

    Why? Democrats are claiming there will be blood in the streets and frankly, the damned unions already proved they were ready to brutilize others as useful idiots.

  • proudhispanicconservative

    Yeahhhhhhhhhh its awesome news, let them cry all they want.

  • John3_3

    Someone please give me a brief explanation of what right to work means. I know it has something to do with regulating what unions can require or how unions can enter into a contract with employers but can someone, in simple terms for this dummy, help me out.

    • tinlizzieowner

      Briefly and simply John, if you wanted to work, you had to belong to the corresponding union for the trade in question. ‘Right to work’ changes that. Those in Michigan now have the ‘right to chose’ to belong to the union or not to belong to the union, as they see fit. There’s more to it but that’s the ‘nuts and bolts’ of it.

      • John3_3

        Thank you!

    • Not fully up to date, but there are segments of the market, both public and private, that are controlled by unions. So if you want to work in that field, you have to join the union and pay union dues, etc. Right to work means that you are free to work in any field as long as someone wants to hire you and it’s your choice if you want to join a union that exists in that company or not. Also, government contracts were often union only. So private companies could never get a government contract. Now, people will be free to bid for government contracts regardless of their affiliation with unions. Of course, there may still be parts of government that will put up offers for unions only, but that’s a different story and I’m not sure what the situation is in Michigan.

      In Wisconsin, while they do not have Right to Work, can opt out of unions. And they did so in droves.

      • John3_3

        Thank you!

      • stage9

        “…and they did so in droves.”

        Imagine that….

  • Let me get this straight. They are protesting freedom? They’re unhappy because people will have the right to choose if they want to be in a union or not. WOW!

    Goes to show that liberal Dems are still the party of oppression.

    • No, they want anything BUT freedom. Do you remember grade school where the whiney-assed dork always ran to the teacher and said, “Mrs. Smith, TELL Johnny to stop doing that.”? That was the liberal. That is how they are spawned; they are taught that they can get somebody of authority to force others to bend to their will in a way that will benefit them. It has nothing to do with freedom, it has to do with an authority forcing other to do something that will benefit them.

      Take away the authority figure, and that sissy-bitch would get his ass kicked at a Boy George concert. THAT is how liberalism starts; they learn early how to use authority figures to their benefit themselves, never realizing that they have no freedom of their own because they are dependent on that authority figure.

      • freenca

        It’s their way of extorting moneys for their own purposes, the Chicago way! Whether or not a union employee wants to support a Democrat or not!

    • badbadlibs

      The left and “choice” only revolves around killing babies in the womb or just out of the womb. “Choice” in any other form is null and void.

  • RedDaveR

    Congratulations Michigan. A victory for freedom.

  • Big_Louie

    I’m stuck in a public sector Michigan union. This is a dream come true! I’m out as soon as I can! Anyone know how to get out of a union? It’s not like they publish this information.

    • badbadlibs

      I’ve never belonged to one, but wonder if you can google to find the information. I’d be wary of asking someone in your union, unless you know they feel the same way you do.

  • ApplePie101

    I tip my latticed pie lid to the soon-to-be great state of Michigan!

  • chatterbox365

    Good for Michigan…that state government needs to do whatever they can to help their economy.

  • You know, I don’t really like the term “right to work”. It sound much like a communist “right”. Since the private sector unions have pretty much done the dirty work of the people shutting down our country, they might just be looking to get rid of them. They have simply been useful idiots in the grand scope of things. I am sure that the public sector unions will hang in there, but will eventually have to concede to major cuts, just like every other public sector job holder. Unions have succeeded in breeding a liberal social system type mentality, and now it is time to cut them back. Lets just hope that our new bill of rights, after a financial collapse, doesn’t include the “right to work”.

    Unions are antithetical to a free market. We have know this for a long time. Early on, they were as corrupt as any other gangster, then became legitimized and co-opted by government. (just another bunch of gangsters) Eventually, there has to be a head gangster, and competition is a sin in those circles. The ultimate anti free market organization, quite simply, is government. Now they are the top gangster who is eliminating their competition.

    The beginning of the end for the unions was Bush 1s presentation of globalism. Open borders and “free trade” were inevitably going to shut down the US industrial base, and therefor the unions were going to be toast in just a matter of time. Where free markets in labor were allowed, unions slowly evaporated. (the trades) The trades, other than in some states who favored electrical unions and such, were never a real source of power for government to use against us. The real power in unions is in the big industries and public sector. Now that the industrial base of the US is almost gone, and austerity is here to stay, those unions will be finished off, along with the rest of the country.

  • wodiej

    good. the liberals think they are winning but they aren’t because we have so many conservatives in charge at the state level. Let’s choke liberalism that way and there is nothing obama can do about it. Just like w obamacare. States one by one are refusing to set up state exchanges and that means obama and democrats would have to do it w funding by the House.

  • I wonder if the unions will push for a recall of this governor too? Don’t know if Michigan has the recall law on their books, but if they do, this governor had better get prepared for another election soon. But I think this will end up just like Wisconsin, which is a clear victory for the people of Michigan.

  • Marridge

    When Wisconsin did away with the automatic union payroll deduction they lost a ton of members. Apparently a lot of people decided they had a (much) better use for their money. YEAH!!

  • TruLevinian

    This makes up for some of the disappointment of Obama getting re-elected. It’s always so pleasant seeing the libs all upset because that can only mean that victory has been had. It’s so far and few between that we conservative see victory anymore. And, as it’s been said, we need to focus very sharply on the local governments from the state level and down. It’s clear that our strength lies in Federalism.