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Barack Obama Takes Aim at Right-to-Work Laws

President says proposed right-to-work laws give people "the right to work for less money" during an appearance in Redford Township.

President Barack Obama took direct aim at proposed right-to-work legislation during an appearance Monday in Redford Township.

Obama waded into Michigan’s brewing labor battle that erupted last week when Gov. Rick Snyder said right-to-work legislation was on his agenda and union groups protested at the state Capitol in Lansing.

"We should do everything we can to keep creating good middle-class jobs that help folks rebuild security for their families," Obama said Monday in a speech at the Daimler Detroit Diesel plant, according to the Huffington Post.

Obama added that with right-to-work laws, “what they're really talking about is giving you the right to work for less money.”

More protests are expected in Lansing on Tuesday as right-to-work legislation continues to make its way through the state Legislature.

Stephen Kiluk December 12, 2012 at 10:37 AM
What unions have given EVERYONE. (Even people who don't support unions) 1. Unions Gave Us The Weekend 2. Unions Gave Us Fair Wages And Relative Income Equality: 3. Unions Helped End Child Labor 4. Unions Won Widespread Employer-Based Health Coverage: 5. Unions Spearheaded The Fight For The Family And Medical Leave Act: Labor 6. Unions gave us the 8 hour workday and the 40 hour work week If you enjoy spending time with your family, if you enjoy leisure time, if you enjoy safety standards at your job, thank unions or there never would have been a middle class in America.
Tom Skyler December 12, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Stephen, I think th issue is not what unions did for us in the past, it is what they are doing for us now that appears to be the issue. They are no longer doing that groundbreaking stuff, no new initatives, so the current generations do not see any benefit to the unions anymore, they instead see unions making concessions, increasing fees and deliverying less value for them so they no longer look at unions as something they need anymore, they thinks its usefulness and glory days are behind it. There is hope that with this change the unions will step up their game and prove they are still a good value for your money, Nevada is a good example of that when even though it is RTW the unions still get 100% of workers in union shops to pay the dues and not elect out. The union has a bad image problem lately that has turned people off, last i saw Michigan went from 40% union to less then 17% and dropping, so even without RTW the unions were struggling to survive. It remains to be seen if this makes the Unions step up to the challenge and prove they are worth it or if they fade away, time will tell.
DJG December 12, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Stephen, what the unions provided for us in the past...yes, the past, is not what's in question. What are they currently providing? If what they were currently providing is so enticing and valuable, none of this would be an issue at all. The economy, both local, regional and global has changed. Yet the majority of unions have failed to change with it. And that currently is...and will continue to be their downfall. Over and over again, I keep reading about what unions did in the past. I keep reading about how right to work states make less money, etc. Here's the question I keep asking but no one wants to answer. Take the states that are right to work, look at their wages before RTW and then after, and show me the direct correlation as to how RTW negatively effected them. Newsflash...many states in the south had less wages than, Michigan for example, before rtw. So...yes, they have lesser wages today. Compare apples to apples, not state to state. What's the next argument? New York has higher wages than Michigan? Of course..it always has. Always will. My issue, although a supporter of RTW, is how it was pushed through and enacted. I feel it should've been put to popular vote. However, political moves come with consequences. And Synder was very clear...Prop 2 was pushed...and this is that consequence.
Lianne Mathie December 12, 2012 at 09:28 PM
DJG, I agree with everything you said. Collectively, we should not be at each others throats, but at those part timers in Lansing working 180 days a year, pulling down full time wages and benefits at taxpayer expense, while deeming the Michigan population to stupid to decide issues for ourselves.
DJG December 13, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Ohh..Lianne, don't get me started on Politicians. They get time off like they still travel with horse and buggy, compared to 20th and 21st century means of transportation. Our government, their work schedule and pay/benefits is a mockery of our system. I'm with you 100% on that one!

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