School district cancels class so teachers can protest ‘right-to-work’

Michigan_School_DistrictFrom The, by Robby Soave, December 11, 2012 – A Michigan public school district has canceled classes for all students on  Tuesday, freeing teachers to protest the scheduled approval of a right-to-work  bill at the state capitol.

The final version of the bill — which would make it legal for workers to buck  joining a union — is expected to be signed into law by Rick Snyder, the state’s Republican governor, on Tuesday.

While teachers all over the state are expected  to skip work to protest the bill, a school district in southeast Michigan  preemptively cancelled classes to aid its teachers’ actions.

“Due to the anticipated high absenteeism for tomorrow, Tuesday Dec. 11, the Taylor School District will be closed for  students,” said district officials in a statement, as reported by The Detroit News. “No students are to report  to school. …”

The school district did not respond to requests for comment.

Teachers are not the only ones pulling out all the stops to defeat  right-to-work legislation. Michigan’s Democratic lawmakers met with Snyder  Monday to try to convince him to veto the bill.

And President Barack Obama gave  a speech to auto workers in Redford, Michigan, condemning right-to-work laws as politically  motivated and uneconomical.

“These so-called right-to-work laws — they don’t have to do with economics.  They have everything to do with politics,” he said. “What they’re really talking  about is giving you the right to work for less money.”

If Snyder signs the bill as expected, Michigan will become the  24th right-to-work state. Proponents of the bill say it will attract businesses to Michigan, improving the state’s dismal economic outlook and reducing its 9.1  percent unemployment rate.

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  1. I understand the politics of this, I understand the unions advantage in this… what I don’t understand are the thousands of Michigan workers and unemployed men and woman who are against this legislation. It will draw more companies to MI – one of the poorest and most unemployed states.

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