Thousands March To The Capitol

By: Brian Johnson Email
By: Brian Johnson Email

A sea of people--thousands marching to the capitol to protest right-to-work legislation. Despite cold temperatures and even snow, they would not be stopped.

"Right-to-work has got to go," chanted the protesters.

Some protesters came from out of state, leaving as early as 4 a.m. to be part of the massive protests.

"We got to put a stop to it," said David Raikes a protester from Marseilles, Illinois. "The only way you can do that is to fight back in unity. Working people have to get together in solidarity and come out in numbers--record numbers,"

Supporters of the bill say it's about worker choice and freedom.

"We are union. We are union," the protester shouted. "We are the 99 percent."

But opponents argue if it was so good for workers, then police and firefighters would not be exempt.

"All it is, is to tie the hands of the unions and take a voice away and take the strength away from the working class of people so that they don't have a voice in their workplace," said Raikes. "That's all this is."

Supporters hope Governor Rick Snyder hears their pleas and vetoes the bill. But late Tuesday afternoon he did not; instead, he signed the bill.

"He hasn't heard us," said John Heidelberg from Howell. "We don't want this to be a right-to-work state because it would be the right to work for less if it's a right-to-work state."

"Kill the bill. Kill the bill," shouted the protesters outside of the capitol for hours.

Union workers say it's only fair those who pay union dues benefit from representation.

"If I got to pay it, anybody else that wants the same benefits that I do, get the same thing. You know, I'm not paying for them. They are not going to use my money for their benefit," said Jennie Bos, from Grand Rapids.

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  • by Erica Location: Lightner on Dec 12, 2012 at 07:45 AM
    This is un-heard of. And I work for a union through my work at Meijer in Grand Ledge. And I want to know why this is in an up roar. And I think that is such a bunch of Bannas. And I am afraid that I will loose that union and such along the line. I hope that who ever though of this right-to-work law can get their heads out of their butts and start figuring out a plan to destory this stupid law. And another thing I think that the tax cut thing for billionaires is such a stupid way for the middle class families to pay more taxes to but in other peoples pockets.
  • by Terry Trombley Location: Stockbridge on Dec 12, 2012 at 05:57 AM
    Doesn't seem to be anything here about union goons beating opposition demonstrators to a pulp and tearing down temporary facilities erected by peaceful opponents. Go Figure. The ol' blinders were really on for this one. A very good example of conveniently selective reporting which arises frequently from the "fair and balanced news" organization.
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