Blowbackon December 11, 2012 @ 7:54 am (Updated: 8:25 am - 12/11/12 )
Unions call those employees free-riders. But the free-riders argue, 'why should we pay for protections we never asked for?' To which the unions say, wait 'til you see what happens to your wages if all that stuff goes away.
Michigan workers are about to find out, because a Right-To-Work bill has been gliding through the Michigan legislature with surprising speed and in Detroit, WWJ Newsradio 950's phones are on fire with opinions on both sides.
Maybe Michigan's employers will all turn out to be like Costco, which is famously generous even though it's non-union.
But the kicker is that all this actually began with a campaign to PROTECT unions. Unions got a measure on the November ballot to lock their collective bargaining rights into the State Constitution, as protection from the Right-To-Work Movement.
But the measure was TROUNCED 58-42. In a state that went for Obama!
It was blood in the water. The Republican legislature attacked and now all the unions have left are massive demonstrations.
"About 2,000 people in the (Capitol) building, upwards of 10,000 outside and we have 150 troopers watching, trying to keep the peace."
By the way -- the new Right-To-Work Bill does specifically exempt two unions: the firefighters and the police.
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