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In a fiery debate on CNBC Thursday, Center for Union Facts Managing Director J. Justin Wilson went up against Thea Lee of the AFL-CIO to discuss the toxicity of the union brand and the need for unions to appeal to members in right-to-work states, including newly-minted Michigan, and not simply take them for granted. Wilson noted that if not for politics, even Democrats would be opposed to membership-by-compulsion.
But instead of confronting these problems, Lee passed the buck and blamed everyone but unions. She blamed billionaires, employers and “attacks.” But even taking her word for it, it’s impossible to account for the complete collapse of labor unionism in the workforce without considering the failure by labor in holding membership.
Lee also noted that labor laws are “antiquated,” something that we’ve been saying for a while as well. The Employee Rights Act (ERA) would greatly improve labor law and help to bring it out of the 1950s. But, somehow, we don’t think that’s the type of law she is looking for.
As time goes on, more unintended consequences of Michigan’s Proposal 2 are becoming apparent.
Sometimes known as the “Trojan horse amendment,” Prop 2 would enshrine collective bargaining into Michigan’s constitution, making it impossible for elected legislators to institute Right to Work laws without another amendment. According to Michigan’s Attorney General, Prop 2 would invalidate 170 laws on the books that “limit collective bargaining” by instituting reforms.
Two new commercials running in Michigan show that reversing these reforms could have dangerous consequences.
Michigan’s Public Act 103 does not allow bargaining on policies for teacher discipline. Opponents of Prop 2 say that the law would be invalidated if the amendment is approved, and bizarrely lax discipline policies could wind up in teachers union contracts.
They’ve provided a case in point. According to MLive:
According to page 92 of the [Bay City teachers union] contract, a teacher who came intoxicated to school grounds would receive a written reprimand and counseling on the first offense. Each subsequent offense earns increasing suspensions, with termination after the fifth offense.
Distributing drugs or alcohol in class would earn a teacher a three-day suspension without pay on the first offense, with termination on the second.
By the way–the Bay City teachers union has given $40,000 to the group supporting Prop 2.
A second commercial, “Student Safety,” notes that criminal background checks might also be on the bargaining table, which would not allow school districts to ensure that felons are not on the payroll. The commercial specifically highlights allegations of teachers sexually abusing children.
With the Chicago Teachers Union going on strike this morning—or better stated by Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, “a strike of choice”—it’s important to recognize how these organizations can continue to operate despite the continued deterioration of the American educational system.
The video speaks for itself, but, briefly: Teachers are paid by school districts, which are funded by taxpayer dollars. Those same school districts must, by law, take union dues out of the paychecks of teachers and give them to unions. In turn, unions use those dues-dollars to support politicians that keep pro-union policies. And so “The Machine” churns on.
The SEIU infomercial “Labor Day” came out this weekend. Here’s what a few people had to say.
Last things first: a credit at the end of “Labor Day” reads, “The film was partly financed by SEIU who cooperated fully with the filmmakers.” And how.
Glenn Silber was producing videos for the Service Employees International Union in 2007 when he decided to make a film about the union and its role in the presidential campaign. The result is, more than anything else, a slickly produced 76-minute commercial for the union; to call it a documentary is to stretch the term almost beyond meaning.
Not everyone caught the “financed by SEIU” note at the end apparently. From GapersBlock.com:
In fact, if you told me that the SEIU personally financed the making of this film, I’d have no trouble believing you.
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