Sunday, January 8, 2012

Fleming announced a meeting about Freedom to Work laws for Michigan

Sometimes I feel that the biggest problem with our local politicians in Troy is that they are much more interested in state and national politics than in the goings on in Troy.

Recently CM Wade Fleming announced, in his comments, a meeting about making Michigan a "Freedom to Work" state. "Freedom to Work" is the same thing as "Right to Work" and both are euphemisms for policies that are anti-worker, bad for the economy and contribute to the plummeting American middle class. And when people have less and less money to buy stuff, how does that impact the economy?

So we know Wade Fleming is anti-labor. Just remember that mayor Janice Daniels is a big fan of the Wisconsin governor, is anti-labor and is chomping at the bit to do away with Troy's unions.

from today's New York Times

EDITORIAL
Continuing Assault on Unions
Published: January 7, 2012

Along with their shameful campaign to curb the collective bargaining rights of public sector workers in Wisconsin and Ohio last year, Republicans in statehouses around the country are taking aim at private sector unions.

Twenty-two states, mainly in the South and the West, have long had “right to work” laws forbidding contracts that require workers to pay union dues. After a decade in which business has ignored the issue, Republicans in more than 10 states over the last year have begun pushing similar laws. Indiana’s Legislature is expected to approve the antiunion legislation as early as next month.

Many Republican leaders are adopting model legislation proposed by the American Legislative Exchange Council, a national corporate-financed conservative organization that is also assisting the Republican push to require voter identification cards to suppress the vote of minorities, young people and other constituencies that tend to favor the Democratic Party.

There is little doubt that politics is also behind the Republicans’ push for right-to-work laws: they see an opportunity to further weaken unions, which are far more likely to support Democrats — as well as health care reform and a higher minimum wage — by slashing their funding and their donating power.

The G.O.P. and its allies, like the Chamber of Commerce and brethren organizations, are trotting out the charge that unions reduce economic growth and jobs.

It stands to reason that a union will reduce a company’s profits somewhat, by obtaining a higher share for workers. But over the last three decades, economists have found that unionization has a minimal impact on growth and employment in an entire state or country. In fact, six of the 10 states with the highest unemployment have right-to-work laws. North Carolina, a right-to-work state, has a private sector unionization rate of 1.8 percent, the lowest in the nation. It also has the sixth highest unemployment rate: 10 percent.

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