Democrats: Republicans Will Pay Political Price For Right-to-Work

By: Lindsay Veremis Email
By: Lindsay Veremis Email

Hundreds of union members took over the State Capitol rotunda Wednesday to protest a possible right-to-work bill.

The loud demonstration came after Democrats and unions held a press conference promising to do whatever they could to fight right-to-work.

They're convinced the GOP will push the legislation through before the session ends and say Republicans will pay a political price if they do.

The GOP says members are having meaningful discussions but haven't decided on a course of action. According to a spokesperson for the Senate Republicans, there will be no vote Wednesday.

Republicans hold solid majorities in both chambers and don't need democratic votes to pass bills.

"Does Governor Snyder want two Michigans?" Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer asked a packed union crowd. "One where business get's everything they want and workers get the shaft every time? Because that is what is on the table."

Democrats made it clear Wednesday they're forming a wall. If right-to-work is pushed, they'll push back.

"I don't know what the fallout is going to be, but I want to be very clear that this is an act of political retribution," Whitmer said. "This is not an idea that is supported by sound public policy or metrics, or a desire for shared sacrifice."

Republican leaders haven't confirmed their plans for right-to-work, but say it is on the agenda.

"It's all about worker's freedom and worker's choice," Rep. Mike Shirkey, R-Clark Lake said. "We've been doing a good job of making sure that should we decide to move legislation forward that we have the appropriate support."

Shirkey says right-to-work is his priority one.

"History is not in our favor, there have been no states in the union that have passed it (right -to-work) in its first attempt, so I'm not pollyanna-ish about it," Shirkey said. "I'm optimistic, but not pollyannaish."

For the union crowds, the Capitol mood was not optimism, but rage. Democratic leaders called Snyder and other Republicans bean-counters with horrific back door agendas.

"Governor Snyder has been playing hide the ball on this issue for two years now and people have a right to know if he supports right-to-work and if he'll sign a bill into law," Rep. Tim Greimel, D-Auburn Hills said.

Republicans say this is the legislative process and argue both sides must let it play out.

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  • by Name Location: Location on Dec 19, 2012 at 07:26 AM
    Brad I believe that Clint's cart wasn't actually there?? The article said that he sustained $500 worth of loss but that his cart wasn't there.
  • by Anon Location: Location on Dec 15, 2012 at 11:47 AM
    To Man; I agree destruction of property is wrong. You need to find out if these people that destroyed the property were really representatives of those opposing the bill or if they were paid and planted there to create chaos. You need to find out all the facts; who the people really were that were doing this.
  • by Anon Location: Location on Dec 14, 2012 at 09:21 AM
    To Man: The tent was strategically placed and paid for by the Koch brothers whose intention was to stir up emotions causing there to be confrontations. They may have paid those to do the destruction. People need to be aware how people with wealth and power are trying to manipulate these sort of events.
  • by Brad Blackwell Location: Grass Lake on Dec 14, 2012 at 06:32 AM
    I am really darned tired of the liberal media and people in general. You make a big deal out of the slightest hint of conservative folk’s improprieties. You call us “Home Grown Terrorist”, tea baggers and thugs. You hold us up in the news as the bad guys. It is interesting to me that liberal folks can say all of these things and yet, when conservative and Tea Party folks hold their rallies it seems the only arrests made are of the liberal people disrupting the proceedings. The liberals get arrested at their OWN rallies and “occupy” camps. And no arrests were made for cutting up a tent and destroying a Clint Tarver’s hot dog stand which is his livelihood until the union folks decided it would be better to throw there own under the wheels. Are we now to laud them and condone their crappy behavior? Don't think so! When I see Democratic bumper stickers promoting progressive politicians promoting their socialist ideals I have to shake my head and wonder what planet are you from?!
  • by Man Location: Location on Dec 14, 2012 at 03:42 AM
    I do not care who paid for the TENT destruction of property is destruction of property. Anon how would you like it if we had 10 thousand people around you fighting for something you believe in and destroyed your property. They took away the people with tents right to protest. But wait only Union supporters have the right to protest. HAHAHA typical. Only person with rights is you.
  • by Name Location: Location on Dec 13, 2012 at 12:40 PM
  • by Name Location: Location on Dec 13, 2012 at 12:01 PM
    Anon, from what I've heard, it was also the Koch brothers that paid the guys to to appear like "union thugs" and tear down the tent. I'd say they are the ones responsible for the damage. Not sure if that's true, but I certainly wouldn't be one bit surprised!
  • by Anon Location: Location on Dec 13, 2012 at 09:09 AM
    It is my understanding the Koch brothers were the ones paying for the tent and for the hot dog vendor. I say let them reimburse the vendor out of their billions of dollars; they can afford to help a working man. The Koch brothers were also instrumental in stirring up emotions while they sit miles away in their gated community.
  • by Bob Location: Holt on Dec 13, 2012 at 07:50 AM
    How do ya define INSANITY.....keep doing the same thing over and keeping OWE-BOMA or paying Unions with Stimulus Money. Well, RTW is a change in the right direction and as for the folks who say we are a POOR STATE.... When was the last time you were in FLINT OR DETROIT ....... INSANITY
  • by Elaine Location: Location on Dec 13, 2012 at 05:00 AM
    To Name; I agree with you. The only other thing I can see them doing now to help produce more jobs is to eliminate the minimum wage. That way more people can work and the payroll expense for the company will remain the same. This is the oppresion of the middle class. I have never been a union member in the 40 years I have worked but the unions have an important function in protecting employee rights.
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