It’s union-busting, middle class-destroying, corporate-loving Republican sleazebag time in Michigan! And thanks to Gov. Rick Snyder and his pals in the state legislature, Michigan is becoming as anti-union as it is anti-choice.
H/t for the photo to Laura Conaway at The Maddow Blog who writes:
The image up top comes from the Overpass Light Brigade in Wisconsin, who write: “We Wisconsinites understand exactly what’s going on in Michigan. Right to work is deceptively named. It kills wages and destroys the middle class.”
I repeat, this isn’t about money, salaries, dollars, cents, raises, pay cuts, or paychecks… it’s about democracy. It’s about crushing unions so that the middle class goes bye-bye. It’s about greed and whittling down the Democratically inclined union voters. It’s about single party rule, and that party doesn’t start with a D.
More from the Maddow Blog here.
And here’s a brutal Detroit Free Press editorial against King Ricky, a paper that endorsed him in 2010: A failure of leadership: Snyder’s about-face on right-to-work betrays voters.
P.S., courtesy of Daily Kos’s TheNewDeal00Follow, Thank a Union: 36 Ways Unions Have Improved Your Life. But Republicans don’t care about, you know, people. To them, it’s all about profits, cronyism, and power.
36 Reasons Why You Should Thank a Union
All Breaks at Work, including your Lunch Breaks
Civil Rights Act/Title VII (Prohibits Employer Discrimination)
8-Hour Work Day
Child Labor Laws
Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA)
40 Hour Work Week
Worker’s Compensation (Worker’s Comp)
Workplace Safety Standards and Regulations
Employer Health Care Insurance
Collective Bargaining Rights for Employees
Wrongful Termination Laws
Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967
Whistleblower Protection Laws
Employee Polygraph Protect Act (Prohibits Employer from using a lie detector test on an employee)
Veteran’s Employment and Training Services (VETS)
Compensation increases and Evaluations (Raises)
Sexual Harassment Laws
Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
Employer Dental, Life, and Vision Insurance
Pregnancy and Parental Leave
The Right to Strike
Public Education for Children
Equal Pay Acts of 1963 & 2011 (Requires employers pay men and women equally for the same amount of work)
Laws Ending Sweatshops in the United States