Michigan Republicans ram through “Right to Work for less” legislation

The war on labor unions continues in Michigan, where lame-duck Republican legislators sped through a “Right to Work for less” bill that would further weaken that state’s public employee unions, with similar legislation aimed at private unions to follow.

The Michigan House approved the first of two right-to-work bills Tuesday that would weaken union power in the historical labor stronghold as hundreds of protesters rallied at the Capitol.

The Republican-dominated chamber passed a measure dealing with public-sector workers 58-51 as protesters shouted “shame on you” from the gallery and huge crowds of union backers massed in the state Capitol halls and on the grounds.

Democrats immediately sought to have the vote reconsidered but failed in that effort.

Still to come was a vote on a second bill focusing on private sector workers. The Senate approved both last week. If enacted, Gov. Rick Snyder says he will sign them into law as early as Wednesday.

No doubt we can look forward to Republicans in Wisconsin’s legislature pushing through their own “Right to Work for less” legislation for private sector unions in our fair state, now that they’ve already weakened public employee unions.

If that happens, I can’t wait to have a little “get-together” at the State Capitol.

Michigan Teachers to go to Jail for their Politics

A new law in Michigan targets union members with criminal prosecution if they use their public internet connections for any sort of political purpose.  The penalties include prison sentences.  Any other State of Michigan employee is evidently exempt from this provision.  From Addicting Info:

Republicans in Michigan are pushing legislation that would have serious consequences for union workers such as teachers. The GOP led House of Representatives in the state have introduced a bill that would imprison union members for sending political emails using publicly owned email services.

The consequences for violating the law include a $10,000 fine for an organization, and a $1,000 fine and one-year imprisonment for an individual.

Forget the first Amendment implications, or even whether it treats one class of employees differently than other classes of employees.  This will backfire badly on Republicans.  Think for a moment.  Union employees are the ones who interact directly with the public.  They even make friends with regular folks.  There are thousands and thousands of public union employees in Michigan, as well.  The Republicans want to attack these employees regular citizens know so well?  Ain’t going to work.