Union Protesters Set to Descend on Michigan’s Capitol Over Right-to-work Issue

By:  Bob Adelmann
12/11/2012
       
Union Protesters Set to Descend on Michigan’s Capitol Over Right-to-work Issue

Potentially thousands of union protesters could descend on Michigan's capitol Tuesday morning, fighting a war that has already been lost against Right-to-Work laws. Both houses have already approved the measures, and the final vote is scheduled for Tuesday. Governor Rick Snyder has indicated that he’ll sign the legislation.

Painting the issue in the darkest possible terms, labor organizer Dan Fingas said on his Facebook page that "Michigan’s far-right legislature slipped through Right to Work legislation without any debate. Without any input. And Michigan workers are under attack. It’s time to step up. There will be a Rally at the Capitol on Tuesday, December 11th, at 8:00 AM."

By the middle of the day on Monday, 1,100 people said they were going to attend, but the Michigan state police aren't taking any chances and are preparing for an overflow crowd of union protesters at the Capitol Building, which has a capacity of 2,000.

At issue is the nearly certain ratification of right-to-work legislation that both houses have already approved to make Michigan the 24th Right to Work (RTW) state in the nation. The final vote is scheduled for Tuesday. Governor Rick Snyder has already indicated that he’ll sign the legislation, stating that “this is all about taking care of the hard-working workers in Michigan, being pro-worker and giving them freedom to make choices.”

It’s also all about ultimately improving living standards not only for the newly freed workers but for the state itself. Charlie Owens, Michigan’s director for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), said:

It would be the most important economic reform in decades and it would make Michigan immediately more competitive regionally, nationally and internationally. Small business owners have waited years for this reform.

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