Union Supporters Rally at Capitol

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Hundreds of union members and supporters have rallied outside Michigan's Capitol and across the state during a nationwide day of labor protest.
Roughly 200 people gathered at the Capitol on Monday evening. They focused on what organizers called an attack on union bargaining power and the middle class.
Several hundred people each turned out at rallies in Detroit, Grand Rapids and Muskegon. Rallies also took place in Escanaba, Saginaw and elsewhere around Michigan.
Michigan unions say they're upset about a new Republican-backed law that lets emergency managers appointed to assist financially struggling communities and schools rescind labor contracts.
The rallies were held Monday to link the fight for collective bargaining to the anniversary of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1968 assassination while supporting striking sanitation workers in Memphis, Tenn.

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  • by Anonymous on Apr 6, 2011 at 03:22 AM
    We want our cake and we want our grandchildren to pay for it. That is the slogan that most union members are saying when it comes to some of these impossible contract request. The parents of the grandchildren have stepped in and said enough.
  • by doc Location: Lansing on Apr 5, 2011 at 12:21 PM
    The "credit based" money system has gone to the point (in its grand Ponzi scheme) that there is relatively little money circulating out in the real economy. We the People (including unions) are being asked to sacrifice for this inhumane monetary system. None of this needs to be. A good intermediary step is as North Dakota has done for decades! A state bank that offers credit (hopefully wisely for the real economy) and the STATE profits (not private bondholders).
  • by Anonymous on Apr 5, 2011 at 05:50 AM
    Unions started out for the right reasons.Greed is where they are now which is a wrong reason.I don't see any good in practicing your rights to rally or protest.The government will do as they darn please.As the gov sees it,we don't know what is right or wrong only they do.OK that is why Mich is in the shape it is.The white house has it's issues & we may have a shut down.Republicans want there way or there is no way.Spite for spite.Well I am afraid what they want to cut will hurt many poor.BUT the rich will have so much more.Isn't that special.I see so much coming true in that good old book the bible.But the ones in GOv haven't a clue.To bad to sad.God help us all.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 5, 2011 at 05:27 AM
    It's totally amazing, with seeing how these "union" members behaved in WI, swearing, shouting , making death threats and saying VILE things regarding law makers who want to Save their states. Yet Democrats , have the nerve to call "TEA PARTY" members, Radicals! Funny, they wont call Islamic Terrorists "Radicals" but they call AMERICANS who want to stop the Govt from spending us into oblivion, "RADICALS" go figure! Nothing like calling Law Biding, taxpaying, God Fearing people that name! Yet Union members who threaten , are being handled with love and care from these Dem's.
  • by robert Location: lansing on Apr 4, 2011 at 08:59 PM
    Here we go again using the anniversary of Dr. Mlk assessination to protest. This unions will use any excuse to show their agenda that is ill willed. Dr. King was against unions in what they represented but no the unions kidbap the meanning of the historical event. I hope unions will disapear for ever so this country can grow again a be the power it should be.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 6, 2011 at 07:32 AM in reply to robert
      While I agree the unions got way off base with greed, I think you would would be very very sorry if they went away forever. Back to the robber barrons working people to death for meager wages while the big while the rich get richer. Unions were organized originally to protect the worker and if they go away completely it won't be pretty. Goodbye middle class!
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