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Teachers fight back after union locks in dues payments for next 10 years

From The Daily Caller, by Robby Soave, 03/05/13

Michigan_Teachers_UnionA school district is attempting to force teachers to pay union dues for the next 10 years, despite being located in Michigan, which is now a right-to-work state that specifically prohibits mandatory unionization.

Michigan became the 24th right-to-work state in December. But the law doesn’t take effect until March 28 — giving unions time to grandfather in their contracts if they can get them approved before the deadline.

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Why should we change ~ we’ve always done it this way

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Unions Losing in Their Last Stronghold

union_thugsThe Heritage Foundation, by Amy Payne, December 11, 2012 – This is the week that Michigan’s workers will finally be freed from forced unionization.

After decades of United Auto Workers control over the struggling American auto industry, the Michigan legislature’s passing of a right-to-work law is historic. Governor Rick Snyder (R) is expected to sign the law as early as tomorrow.

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

Michigan_School_DistrictFrom The DailyCaller.com, 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.

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Shocker of the Year: Michigan a Right-to-Work State?

From The Foundry, James Sherk, December 7, 2012 –

All signs now point toward Michigan becoming America’s 24th right-to-work state by year’s end. This is good news for Michigan’s union members and unemployed.

Michigan has suffered more than most states in the recession. The state still has an unemployment rate one-and-a-half percentage points above the national average. The state needs to do everything it can to attract new companies—and jobs. Right-to-work would do just that.

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Right-to-work bills pass in Lansing

Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer, D-East Lansing, waits for the vote on the Senate's right-to-work legislation so that she can call for a Democratic caucus walkout late Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Lansing. The GOP-controlled House and Senate passed bills the same day they were introduced that gives workers the right to avoid paying union dues in an organized workplace. (Dale G. Young / The Detroit News)

Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer, D-East Lansing, waits for the vote on the Senate’s right-to-work legislation so that she can call for a Democratic caucus walkout late Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Lansing. The GOP-controlled House and Senate passed bills the same day they were introduced that gives workers the right to avoid paying union dues in an organized workplace. (Dale G. Young / The Detroit News)

From The Detroit News, By Karen Bouffard and Chad  Livengood,  December 7, 2012 at 9:35 am –

Lansing — The birthplace of the nation’s modern-day labor movement  moved closer to becoming the nation’s 24th right-to-work state after bills Gov.  Rick Snyder vowed to sign into law passed their first hurdles in the  Republican-controlled Legislature on Thursday.
 The House and Senate each passed bills on the same day they were introduced  that give private and public sector workers the right to avoid paying union dues  in an organized workplace. Only police officers and firefighters would be  exempt.

How Chrysler Can Actually Help Detroit

Morning Bell (Heritage Foundation),February 28, 2011-

Michigan’s top union leaders are meeting behind closed doors to decide whether to attempt to amend the state constitution to block emergency managers and a "right to work" law through a ballot initiative this November. Photo: Jim West.

Did you know that there are no Volkswagen manufacturing plants in the Detroit area? Or Mercedes-Benz? Or Kia? Or Hyundai? Or BMW, for that matter? The Motor City has a well-earned reputation for having the greatest auto workers in the nation, yet honorable Michiganders largely build cars for only three companies.

Apart from having their cars assembled in Michigan, it turns out that those three companies have something else in common: the United Auto Workers union (UAW). It also turns out that every other car manufacturer has something in common, too: not wanting the UAW to do to them what it did to the Big Three.

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Abbott Challenges Federal Interference With Job Creation, States’ Right-To-Work Laws

Texas & S. Carolina lead bipartisan coalition opposing meritless challenge to Boeing’s expansion into right-to-work state by NLRB

Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – “At a time when 13.9 million Americans are unemployed and the nation’s unemployment rate is 9.1%, the NLRB is threatening to micromanage private sector investment decisions, punish states that protect their citizens from forced union membership, and discourage the creation of jobs that are desperately needed by families across the country,” said Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott while filing an amicus brief on behalf of a bipartisan, 16-state coalition that opposes the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) proposal to punish employers for creating new jobs in right-to-work states. Continue reading →