'Right to Work' Protesters Outside Breslin as Gov. Snyder Speaks at MSU Commencement

By: Anthony Sabella Email
By: Anthony Sabella Email

While Gov. Rick Snyder spoke to hundreds of graduating seniors at the the Michigan State commencement ceremony Saturday, hundreds of protesters stood outside the Breslin Center. They were holding up signs for anyone who would read them.

"It is unfortunate that he is our commencement speaker," said Jordan Bresnahan, a protest organizer who graduated from MSU this weekend. "It's kind of bittersweet. I have to go down there and sit with my fellow grads and let them know we're going to be making $1,500 less than our counterparts in states that don't have 'Right to Work' legislation."

Protesters say rallies like this are just the beginning and they plan to follow Snyder for the remainder of his term.

"He has stripped workers and suppressed our voices and everywhere he goes, he is going to hear those working families," said Jay Makled, a protester from UAW Local 600 in Dearborn.

In addition to protesting the governor, the people outside also showed support for graduates. MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon says that is what commencements should be about.

"I think that the great thing about America is that people can have different views on how to create a better state, a better country," said Simon. "But, why we're here today is to celebrate the achievements of our graduates."

In addition to serving as speaker, Snyder was also given an honorary doctorate of laws by the university.


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  • by Name Location: Location on Dec 21, 2012 at 06:21 AM
    Nice, these goons can't even let these young adults enjoy a day they have been waiting for and working their butts of for a long long time. They have to go ruin another good thing. If hope you feel good about yourselves union thugs, you have just tarnished a day these kids are supposed to remember for the rest of their lives.
  • by Name Location: Location on Dec 17, 2012 at 04:46 AM
    Did MSU fail Jordan Bresnahan or did Jordan Bresnahan fail MSU to make such a mindless statement? I have a feeling you will make a lot less than $1500, without your "own" thought process!?!?!? Sheeple???
  • by Name Location: Location on Dec 17, 2012 at 03:33 AM
    Are these the same people who did the occupy movement? Why cant the government stop the aid to some of these people who use entitlement programs as mean to get mroe entitlement programs.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 16, 2012 at 01:38 PM
    Give us a break on t he money thing. It does not include all of the non- food workers people who pay union dues but get no perks or those who work minimum wage jobs but get a 'union' tax for work there. All of those people just got pay increases because of this law.
  • by Matt wrather Location: lansing on Dec 15, 2012 at 08:22 PM
    Tell any of the venders at these rallys to stay home so they dont get trmpled under the union boot
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