The Grand Rapids Press

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Right-to-work bills win approval from Michigan Senate, House
The Grand Rapids Press

After hours of debate, the Republican-dominated Michigan Legislature on Thursday approved bills that would make Michigan the 24th state with a right-to-work law prohibiting unions from collecting dues or fees from workers as a condition of employment.

It was a historic and tension-filled process, marked by occasional yells and clapping from union members sitting above in the Senate gallery to watch. Some were escorted out or left voluntarily after yelling down at senators as Lt. Gov. Brian Calley – the Senate president – sought decorum. Senate Bill 116, approved 22-16, would apply to private employees and House Bill 4003 – which passed 22-4 – to public workers; the House earlier approved House Bill 4054 for public employees on a 58-52 vote.

Nearly 18 percent of Michigan workers are union members, the fifth-highest percentage in the U.S. It would be just the second state in the industrial Midwest and Northeast with right-to-work law, joining Indiana.

Noting that President Barack Obama’s spokesman said the president opposes the Michigan legislation, Sen. Morris Hood III, D-Detroit, said Snyder should now worry the Obama administration will not approve his much-desired new bridge between Detroit and Windsor.

Le « Right-to-work act » abolit l’équivalent canadien de la formule Rand.

Si les syndicats pensent faire un bon travail, pourquoi l’abolition de la formule Rand leur fait-elle si peur? Dans un bon syndicat, personne n’aura envie de ne plus payer ses cotisations syndicales. Par contre, un syndicat qui utilise ses cotisations pour financer le procès de Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois ou une manifestation anti-israélienne ne pourrait survivre sans la formule Rand, parce que sans cette obligation, aucun employé n’accepterait de voir l’argent de ses cotisations être dilapidé dans des causes idéologiques auxquelles il ne s’identifie pas.

Voilà pourquoi nos syndicats aiment tant la formule Rand: pour protéger leur oligarchie aux dépens des travailleurs qu’ils sont censés représenter.