The state that gave birth to the union, the State that has been known as a Union Staten since the inception of Unions, became a Free Work State in the Blink of an eye today.  Of course Union members morn, but Right Wing Republicans are dancing in the halls of the Capitol waiting only for Governor Rick Snyder’s signature which will enact landmark legislation that most people thought would never happen, especially in the State of Michigan.

It is no doubt a sad day for those people who depend on the Union to safeguard their jobs.  there are those who remember the stories that their parents told of sit ins as well as strikes that changed the course of their family mainly for the better.

However, what is even more discouraging as I write this article is the way Union members were treated by some in the media. Fox News specifically who after a minor altercation during the demonstrations of the State Capital lawn referred to members of the Union as a bunch of thugs.  Thugs! There was a day that the only ones referred to as thugs were the Pinkerton’s and that was back at the birth of the Union movement in Michigan.  Yeah, we’ve come a long way baby.

It’s like suddenly the Union is criminal. In reality though, this is all political. All the talk about how a Free Work State will lead to more jobs and competition etc; also means that companies can reduce wages and if I suspect correctly, even mandate lower wages. No longer will employees dare redress their grievances to their employer least the risk sudden unemployment.

Well, there is not much more that I can say about this.  I might end up saying things that I should not say.  However it should be noted that the Governor of Michigan is so happy that he is seriously considering signing the Bills today.

Well, so much for the Union, and so much for Labor in Michigan.

I still say it’s a sad day for Michigan.

Have a good night.


I am 62 years old. I've been blogging for several years. I am into History and Politics as well as currant events. The latter being the main issues covered on these pages. I was a Community Advocate for twenty years, and a volunteer aide in a State Representatives Office in my home state of Michigan. While I have basically ceased these activities, I still watch the world around me closely and report on it as much as I can, which I might add is often. I encourage comments on my Blogs. I only ask that we keep our opinions clean and without insults threats or intimidation. I hope you take time to read The Horton Journal, and look forward to your comments.
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  1. Unions are a double-edged sword. They were created for such wonderful reasons but now some have turned into required taxation (in the form of dues) for representation. And that’s okay for them that choose, but forcing membership is far from our democratic leanings and even farther from where unions began. The big question is how do we get unions back to their roots, back to a democratic process, and out of politics?

    • Dusty, First of all thank you for your comment. You stated that Unions were created for such wonderful reasons but now some have turned into required taxation(in the form of dues), for representation. He said that’s okay for them that choose, but forcing membership is far from our democratic leanings’. I would question why it is mandatory then that a Union Representative is required by Federal Law to represent the non-union employee, as well negociate a contract which includes him/her in wage negociations. Thus they enjoy the benefits of the Union without membership. My second arguement is that the reasons for the Governor suddenly supporting the Free Work State Bill in Michigan was that he was pressured into that support by The Far Right and Big Money Interests. I am informed that Free Work States often have lower wages and as time goes on working conditions grow worse and worse. Under Union representation employees are assured a set of rules and guidelines that employers have abide by. Of course employees have to abide by Company Rules as well. But won-ton termination is not at issue. Under Free Work States termination is at will, without cause, and there is nothing anyone can do about it. I am glad I have union representation. But am not happy when people refuse to be members but at the same time enjoy the benefits of the Union.

      The idea of corperations pushing for Michigan’s Free Work State look for lower wages, and to bust the union by gleaning the money out of the union. Membership drops below a certain percentage and they can no longer afford to represent that group and, that’s that. I have heard both sides of the argument. I agree that there should be a democratic structure. But if one chooses not to be a member, why should they enjoy the benefits fought for by the union. Finnaly, I have to agree that the Union should consider staying out of Politics. I hope that you also agree that Big Corperations would shut down their PACS to assure a fair playing field.

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