Silent Protests After 'Right to Work' Legislation

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Silent protests are taking place a day after Republicans converted Michigan from a seemingly impregnable fortress of organized labor into a right-to-work state.
Protesters covered their mouths with tape Wednesday with the words "$1,500 less" written on it in reference to wage cuts they expect.
The protest was in contrast to the day before. The state House swiftly approved two bills reducing unions' strength Tuesday, one dealing with private-sector workers and the other with public employees, as thousands of furious protesters at the state Capitol roared in vain.
Republican Gov. Rick Snyder signed the measures into law within hours, calling them "pro-worker and pro-Michigan."

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  • by Kelly Location: Jackson on Dec 12, 2012 at 04:28 PM
    The article failed to indicate the employment of these 'silent' protesters. If they are public employees (our employees), then they should be happy they still have jobs, since about 1/3 of them could be cut without any measureable change in output/service. Of course, it's entirely possible these 'silent' protesters are some of the bussed-in paid 'professional' protesters who basically protest whatever cause they're told to.
  • by Ernest Location: DeWitt on Dec 12, 2012 at 11:25 AM
    I am a proud GM-UAW 27 year employee. They should call this law what it really is, not Right-to-Work but Right-to-Quit. It will give you the right to quit a union. If you choose that and your employer takes advantage of you the only right you have left is to QUIT your job. I would like to ask Governor Snyder when he was a boss if he took advantage or didn't treat an employee fairly? I'm thankful I can voice my opinion and because of the union I don't have to fear being fired for my opinion Unions aren't perfect, but America is better today because of them. When all states are Right-to-Work states what will the Government take away from us next? worker-Rights could go back one hundred years.
  • by Name Location: Location on Dec 12, 2012 at 10:50 AM
    $1500 less means that the part time UCFW people who pay unions dues but get no repensentation get their money back. RTW means that there is no monopoly on workers. Means that a minority now has a voice. Do the math, that $1500 means nothing when you look at everything.
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