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Editorial: Michigan's Right to Work Legislation Signed into Law. Class Warfare Fueled Comments

Most Press reports present the matter as a struggle between those who support collective bargaining rights and those who do not. That is simply not true. The legislation the Big Union leaders oppose gives both government and private sector workers the right to make up their own mind about joining a union and having their union dues deducted from their paychecks. It does not outlaw collective bargaining. Continue Reading

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  1. David
    2 years ago

    "The legislation the Big Union leaders oppose gives both government and private sector workers the right to make up their own mind about joining a union and having their union dues deducted from their paychecks. It does not outlaw collective bargaining." Deacon, why don't you give the whole story, that before the efforts of the RTW proponents Big Business and Republican extremist have been chipping away at Union benefits for close to 2 years now. This is but a stepping stone to fully eliminating Unions all together. I shall pray for you and those opposed to the "Rights of the Worker". Of all the Union workers in this state which amounts to 17.5% why was this such a big deal...POLITICS! If this is about being a freedom of choice issue...don't like Unions and the benefits they provide to their workers, then don't work there or apply for a job there! Is't Freedom a wonderful thing?

  2. J. Dickinson
    2 years ago

    Despite all of the hysterical rhetoric about the passage of right-of-work in Michigan ,passage of this law is long overdue. Right-to-work is NOT an attack on the middle class, and it does NOT limit collective bargaining. This law is NOT, as Mr. Obama has stated " a way to keep you from making money." If union dues were used exclusively for collective bargaining expenses and to improve working conditions for labor,, this law would not be necessary. Union dues fund political activities, political causes, and parties (primarily the Democratic Party) and these dues also pay the excellent salaries and perks of union officials that rank-and-file members could never hope to enjoy. Union dues are forced contributions from workers who may or may not support political activities that a union chooses to support. Unions certainly employ professionals who can accurately break down costs for collective bargaining, and the amount(s) contributed to political causes and parties. (Do your homework and you will see just how union dues are spent for political activities, lobbying, and to support causes that you and I, in good and moral conscience, would never support.) If you choose to join a union, so be it, but no law should force me to pay union dues when those funds support causes I would never support. Look at states where recent right-to-work laws have been passed. Union membership has dramatically nosedived. In the end, it's all about money and political power, (Unions could, if they so desired, directly solicit contributions for whatever causes they support, from their members). By the way, union dues are not pocket change....they are FORCED deductions from paychecks. Ask a union official how unions dues are disbursed as a percentage for collective bargaining, political activities and causes, and for the salaries and perks of union officials. If you receive an answer at all, it will be evasive, arrogant, hostile, and it will plead ignorance, and, they will never get back to you.

  3. American firefighter
    2 years ago


    Was Lech W. a government worker too?

  4. Albert Marek
    2 years ago

    Unions should be outlawed, especially government worker unions. People in unions will never be satisfied since they pay dues. You can meet their demands and they will continue to make more demands since they pay dues. After all, they look at dues as an investment and expect a return on their investment. Unions have ruined the steel industry,auto industry and most manufacturing industry.

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