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.