President Obama Criticizes Right to Work

By: Fay Li Email
By: Fay Li Email

In the midst of cheers and applause on Monday, President Obama addressed a union heavy crowd at the Daimler Detroit Diesel Plant. The president's speech centered around the economy as he continued to rally for the middle class.

"I believe America only succeeds and thrives when we've got a strong and thriving middle class," said President Obama.

However, the president didn't forget about the "Right to Work" legislation, which is the issue taking center stage in Michigan.

"By the way, what we shouldn't do, I just got to say this, what we shouldn't be doing is trying to take away your rights to bargain for better wages and working conditions."

The crowd responded to the president's remarks with overwhelming support. It's a topic many at the plant felt strongly about.

"I do not want this to be a Right to Work state and the governor said it's not one of his top priorities," said Theresa Johnston.

President Obama criticized the Right to Work legislation for being all about politics and not about the economy and argued that Right to Work laws give workers the right to work for less money.

"You only have to look to Michigan where workers were instrumental in reviving the auto industry to see how unions have helped build a stronger middle class but a stronger America," said President Obama.

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  • by Name Location: Location on Dec 13, 2012 at 03:50 AM
    As in Wisconsin, Obumer was a no show. Just lip service for Big Labor. Barry used the Union vote and their money last election and the unions fell for it again, YOU GOT NOTHING from Barry! Shame on Barry in "08", pity the fools/unions in "12".
  • by Name Location: Location on Dec 12, 2012 at 05:16 AM
    You and your Democrat friends may have pulled the wool over Detroit's eyes, but not Lansing's. Tell your Buddies they will have to look somewhere else for all of those Union contributions to your party's campaign funds. Oh yeah, Detroit wants "some of that bacon" for all the votes they gave you.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 11, 2012 at 10:18 PM
    Yeah he is against it, because he likes to dictate too, just like the Unions do. Thats what barack does best..he's jamming his healthcare down our throats, not letting us choose, and the unions dictate to us that we have no choice but to join their unions if we want a job. Bless you GOV Snyder, Let's take Michigan back and make it a thriving State as it once was.!
  • by Bob Location: Laingsburg on Dec 11, 2012 at 09:41 AM
    I have been in two unions in the past. I do not agree with saying that all unions are bad. It seems to be that most of the politicians, whether they are in government or not, are the problem.
  • by Name Location: Location on Dec 11, 2012 at 08:28 AM
    He is against it because it is another way to dictact how people work and pay.
  • by Chris Comito Location: Jackson on Dec 11, 2012 at 07:13 AM
    Of course President Obama criticizes RTW. He's been taking money out of my pocket for years,so he sees nothing wrong with the unions doing the same thing. The unions have come so far from what they were intended to do. If the union bosses didn't have such big salaries,and they didn't have to grease so many palms to get their way, the products their members make or the services they provide wouldn't cost as much as they do.People could afford more if they didn't have to pay union dues. Only 20% of Michigan's work force is unionized, and yet they want to dictate to all employers that all their employees ahould pay to be able to work. That is not the AMERICAN way.
  • by Anonymous Location: Location on Dec 11, 2012 at 05:02 AM
    Of course he doesn't want "right to work" it would take down the "union" that pays him and gets kickbacks for voting for him.
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