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Archive: Dec 2012 (Page 2)

  • Unions Pass the Buck For Their Failures

    Posted on Dec 14, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    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 […]

  • Michigan Right To Work at The Daily Caller

    Posted on Dec 13, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    Rick Berman weighs in on Michigan’s right-to-work legislation: This has been the year of personal freedom. In 2012, voters across the country consistently reaffirmed their desire to see individual choice trump institutional power. In November, Michigan voters rejected the enshrinement of collective bargaining in the state’s constitution. In Colorado and Washington, they demanded the right […]

  • Labor In Michigan Scrambles To Prove Its Worth

    Posted on by LaborPains.org Team

    A funny thing happened on the way to right to work. Labor unions may realize they have been neglecting members. In the wake of Michigan becoming the 24th right-to-work state, numerous commentators have recognized that if employees aren’t forced to be members, unions may actually have to appeal to them. What a novel idea—free choice. It’s not something that most unions are used to dealing […]

  • Michigan Right-to-Work Law Strikes a Blow for Employee Rights

    Posted on Dec 12, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    Michigan became the 24th right-to-work state on Tuesday when Governor Rick Snyder signed two bills ensuring that employees will not be forced to pay a union just to keep their jobs. Police and fire unions were the only ones not included in the reforms. While labor makes grand plans for a response after a long, loud, and violent day of protesting, little is mentioned […]

  • Obama’s Union Sloganeering No Match for Facts

    Posted on Dec 11, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    For the past week we’ve heard from breathless activists and politicians and biased journalists ranting about the Michigan legislature and governor moving to give the state’s citizens the freedom to work. Add the President of the United States to that list. According to the White House transcript, Barack Obama told a crowd in Michigan: [W]hat we shouldn’t be doing is trying […]

  • Labor and the “Union” Name: Is a Rebrand Really the Answer?

    Posted on by Center for Union Facts

    Labor unions have a big problem: Americans don’t like them as much as they used to. Luckily for the union cause, labor has a plan to right the sinking ship—ditch, or at least replace, the “union” label. The latest numbers paint a bleak picture. Public approval of labor unions has dropped nearly 15 percent in […]

  • Michigan Union Numbers Never Seem to Add Up

    Posted on Dec 10, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    After taking a few days to digest what is happening in Michigan, labor is still nauseous. Labor and its allies are hoping to keep their anger about the inevitable right-to-work law in the limelight with a visit from President Obama today. Over the weekend, some newspapers began to write the obituaries for unions in Michigan while those favoring forced […]

  • Following Right-to-Work Approval, Michigan’s Forecast is Blustery with a Chance of Paranoia

    Posted on Dec 07, 2012 by LaborPains.org Team

    It may only be a number of days before Michigan—that’s right, Michigan, the home of the labor movement—becomes a right-to-work state As the Detroit News (dramatically) reports: The birthplace of the nation’s modern-day labor movement moved closer to becoming the nation’s 24th right-to-work state after bills Gov. Rick Snyder vowed to sign into law passed their first […]