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What Do You Think About Right-to-Work Legislation?

Post your views on the proposed right-to-work legislation by adding it to the Local Voices section of Macomb Patch.

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Frank Cusumano December 07, 2012 at 07:48 PM
On June 6, 1936 the GOP Party Platform had the following plank under "Labor," I advance that these economic times are as close to those in 1936 as you will ever see. LABOR The welfare of labor rests upon increased production and the prevention of exploitation. We pledge ourselves to: Protect the right of labor to organize and to bargain collectively through representatives of its own choosing without interference from any source. Prevent governmental job holders from exercising autocratic powers over labor. Support the adoption of state laws and interstate compacts to abolish sweatshops and child labor, and to protect women and children with respect to maximum hours, minimum wages and working conditions. We believe that this can be done within the Constitution as it now stands. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=29639
Frustrated Old Man December 09, 2012 at 03:01 PM
"Do you have an opinion on the proposed right-to-work legislation?" It's a little late for that! Does it even matter? The puppet man Snyder is just following orders, rather than the wants and needs of the citizens.
Michael December 09, 2012 at 09:41 PM
It is a shame the unions can't have it both ways, isn't it? FOM says that puppet man Snyder (I assume he means Governor Snyder) isn't following the wants and needs of the citizens. Either did "your" President (he does NOT represent my beliefs) with that terrible health care law. It actually hurts more and more families and is already costing us all substantially more (not to mention they skirted democratic process and passed something no one knew what it contained)!! What is wrong with people thinking that by adding coverage to so many more people that health care would be free??? If that's the case then I have a bridge to sell you. Honestly, why are the unions so upset? If you think union membership is so great, then you'll be able to keep doing what you are doing. I have a cousin that just became a nurse and yep, you guessed it, she had to join a union. She does NOT want to but is forced to. So, this will be great for her because in the future she does NOT have to have dues taken out to be funneled directly to the Democratic party (which does not represent her views) for electing people that have had power for many years and have NOT fixed any of our problems (look at the City of Detroit as an example-poor management and 30+ years of crime, mismanagement, corruption running rampant etc. I like having the choice, if unions are so great, they should have nothing to worry about. Giving others the choice to join or not is a great improvement. Thank you.
Frustrated Old Man December 09, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Michael, you just waisted your breath. I did not vote for Obama.
Michael December 09, 2012 at 09:57 PM
I'm really glad to hear that FOM! I didn't either. It is sad though when people are arguing over the same course of action and expecting different economic results. We've never had an economic downturn have such a poor upturn in our history. When the economy gets really bad, we've always come out the other side really, really good. Here we are just about 4 years later and look at where things are. And the media got SO excited about a 0.2% drop in the unemployment rate Friday. Really? 170,000 jobs created and last Thursday over 330,000 filed for first-time unemployment benefits. Pathetic! The school district I attended in this area taught me that is not a good stat. Had we gotten a new president, the economy would have spiked up just like it did when Reagan took over. By 1983 the economy was turning around, unemployment fell substantially, and the stock market and economic growth grew are record rates. Now, we have a stock market that's doing ok but the rest of the economy is doing quite poorly. Yes, lets raise taxes now too. Seems about as smart as hitting my head against the wall. We need new jobs coming to Michigan and giving workers the choice to join a union or not will cause new companies to consider moving their companies here.
tom olshove December 09, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Don't want to join a union-fine. The problem is the non-union. non-paying member has the same benefits as the union brother/sister paying dues. The non-membershould represent themselves and negotiate his own contract. If that one person doesn't like their contract then he/she can go on srike. The non paying member should not be represented by the union he doesn't want to belong to.
Michael December 10, 2012 at 01:28 AM
@Tom - And another worker's pay and benefits if your business why??????? You sound just like Pres. Obama when he says the "rich 1%ers" don't pay their fair share. They pay over 70% of the taxes that are paid to the treasury. How would they like it if for 4 years I said that the lower and middle class don't pay their fair share because they pay less than 5% of their income in taxes. What makes them so different that they don't have to pay (hardly anything) and the upper half have to pay all the burden? The entire democrat argument is ridiculous!! SO not fair when the upper middle and upper class pay over 50% of their income to the government. Have you ever had to write a check to the U. S. Treasury for $21,000 last year like I did? It's not fair and that's only a portion of the total taxes I paid. (I also pay sales tax, state tax, county tax, school tax, Veteran tax, health care/medicare tax, FICA, gas/road taxes at the pump, and the list goes on and on!!). Biting the hand that feeds us, that makes a lot of sense!! NOT!!!

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