Given how divisive right to work would be, it should come as no surprise that the governor would want to insulate Republican members of the state house and senate from taking a potentially damaging vote that would expose their true intentions shortly before an election. The governor, however, tells a different story.
Only aggressive action is going to save the American labor movement. When laws are made by the rich and powerful to serve their interests, organized workers need to stop obeying the laws.
Some disturbing images are tough to shake. Not every Super Bowl ad offers a snorkeling governor rising dramatically from the depths of a swimming pool. Toss in the Phil Hartman-like cheesy narrator and you've got a $400,000 bid for amnesia.
Does a public union belong in the most private of workplaces? Thousands of personal care workers in Illinois who tend to elders and people with disabilities at home wouldn't have it any other way.
Yesterday was the one-year anniversary of the Michigan's governor signing into law "Right to Work" under the promises that it would make Michigan more competitive, attract new companies and give employees more options.
On a quiet Sunday, the Detroit Free Press has reported that the State of Michigan under Governor Snyder, has decided it's time to start paying people what they're worth.
In the radio version of Father Knows Best, the patriarch was an arrogant potentate. He would say, for example, "What a bunch of stupid children I have!" That is how Republicans have always regarded workers. Now they've revealed they feel the same way about CEOs.
If we are to believe Rick Snyder is responsible for this job creation, he should be able to identify specific legislative actions that brought this improvement; otherwise the governor is just taking credit for the work of his predecessor.
In Rick Snyder's Michigan, there's no money to make good on the pensions seniors in Detroit worked a lifetime to earn, but there's always a few hundred million available for a billionaire who wants an extravagant new sports arena.
Yes, we have survived the Great Recession and employment is up. But according to the Census Bureau, one-third of adults who live in poverty are working. They simply don't earn enough to support themselves and their families.
It should be obvious. If government size and spending is to shrink as the so-called Austerians and deficit hawks want, then private wealth has to inc...
Here are some thoughts on recent changes to union laws in Michigan, the historic home of the American labor movement.
Despite the Twinkie's admirable resilience, there is still an entity that the company's new CEO, C. Dean Metropoulos, feels he needs to protect Twinkies from: unreasonable labor unions.
The authors of a report by the Canadian Foundation of Labour Rights warn that the enactment of right-to-work legislation will weaken unions and effectively toss Canadian workers under the jackboot of the corporate elite. But the fact of the matter is not as clear-cut as the CFLR and its sources of information let on.
Was it courageous for Sen. Meekhof to bring this bill up for a vote without allowing a single moment of public debate on it? Or was it courageous when the doors of the Capitol building were locked while the vote was taking place to keep the public from even seeing what was to transpire?
I was hoping to hear something positive about the future of public education in President Obama's State of the Union speech. There was nothing there but shallow celebration of wrong-headed policies and empty promises.