School's out in Warren, teachers head for Lansing

Classes are canceled today in one of Michigan's largest public school districts because most of its 800 teachers plan to attend a protest in Lansing over the Legislature's move to pass a right-to-work law.
AP Wire
Dec 11, 2012

 

Warren Consolidated Schools spokesman Robert Freehan said about 500 teachers have taken a personal day, and the suburban Detroit district will cancel classes for its 16,000 students.

Suburban Detroit's Taylor school district is also closed today.

Warren's teachers are represented by the Michigan Education Association.

Republican spokesman Matt Frendewey said thousands of students will miss class "because union bosses are afraid to give workers in Michigan a choice in their union representation."

Right-to-work laws bar unions from collecting mandatory fees from workers they represent under collective bargaining agreements.

Comments

ohwell

Way to show your students how to be a whiner.

uniondude

Hey ohwell looks like you spelled winner wrong, and yes standing up for your rights is a great thing to show your students.

ohwell

No spelling error on my part....thanks for playing though. I am not thinking complaining is showing anyone anything. There is no union busting going on here folks. Just giving people the choice to ether be part of a union or not. Last I checked this was a free country and people were allowed to choose on their own.

uniondude

Thats fine and dandy just don't expect the same rights and benifits i'm paying my union dues for..Don't think for one minute if the union goes broke because of someones CHOICE not to belong that the company they work for is going to give them the same package the union fought for when the union no longer has any paying members...Get your head out of the sand..........

ohwell

Ask all your "union brother and sisters" that have had their pensions taken over by the government how their union fought for them. You know the ones in the airline industry. BTW....I know a lot of non-union employees that have better benefits (that how you actually spell it) than a lot of union members. The company might just give them a better deal once the union is out of the way taking their cut of your pay.

uniondude

All in fun and matter of opinion ohwell. As far as the airlines I think little Ronnie the republican was the pres at the time and the ultimatum was do as I say or your fired seeing those we're federal positions.

ohwell

You are confused with the Air Traffic Controllers, who Reagan fired when they refused to go back to work. The airline pilots lost their pensions to the government after 9/11. I will say it for you, It was all Bush's fault. At least that is what the left and unions will say.

PeopleAreAmazing

I am so happy that the Michigan House passed the Right to Work Law......another blow to unions that have lost touch with our current reality.

PeopleAreAmazing

And I'm so pleased to see that the people protesting are acting immaturely......tearing down a tent? Classy.....

Lanivan

Too bad lots of research shows RTW does mean lower union AND non-union wages/benefits jobs without any appreciable increase in job creation or employment. Lower wage jobs/benefits means less tax revenue for the states, which means cuts in spending on infrastructure and education. Higher wage/benefit/pension industries are attracted to states that have well-educated, highly skilled workers, not low wage/skill workers. This is why so many RTW southern states have to offer many extra tax breaks and other expensive ways to entice these more stable and better-paying industries. This RTW law is not only a blow to unions, but all MIchigan middle class workers. The fact that congressional Republicans rammed this bill through in less than a week, during a lame duck session, adding appropriation bills to it so Michigan voters would not have an opportunity to vote on it, ignoring a massive public outcry and not providing any opportunity to discuss it, and putting it on Snyder's desk to sign when he's been saying all along RTW is not on his agenda, is a huge wake-up call, folks. RTW is not about workers rights or choices - it's about undercutting the middle class.

PeopleAreAmazing

I think it is worth pointing out that the approach that the Michigan Legislature took getting this law approved - is the same approach that the Democrats took to get Obamacare through the US Congress. If it was inappropriate now, it should have been inappropriate then.

Lanivan

Over the course of a year during the formation of ObamaCare, Obama met with dozens of people from Congress; the insurance industry; the medical profession including hospital administrators, physicians, nursing associations, and medical technicians; independent budget commissions as well as the CBO; Medicare/MedicAid/SS officials; and economists of all persuasions. He also toured the country, touting the legislation. The framework for ObamaCare was from a 1989 proposal from the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, and used in 2002 by then Gov Romney in Massachusetts. Fast forward to RTW Michigan - There has been tons of research on RTW states since 1949, and it all says the same thing: it lowers the wages of both unionized AND non-unionized workers by about $1,500/year, but does nothing to increase job creation or employment. Let me say this another way - no evidence has been found that RTW laws have any positive impact on the economy. In 1979, 37% of Michigan workers were unionized, and the middle class earned 54% of the state's income. 2012 - less than 18% of MI workers are unionized and the middle class receives 47% of state income. SO - if there are fewer unionized MI workers, MI middle class income is decreasing, and there is little or no proven economic benefit to RTW states, why would the Republican congress be in such a hurry to "inappropriately" get this law approved?? If you think they did it to "give workers choices", I have a bridge to sell you. It might be time to start thinking things through instead of drinking the Kool-Aid.

PeopleAreAmazing

....and right back at you........ http://news.investors.com/ibd-ed...

Lanivan
dyankee

Gov. Snyder ought to require the unions to pay back the tax payers of Michigan for teacher's salary & benefits for closing schools yesterday and fire every superintendent that approved the cancellation of classes. Again, here are union thugs forcing non-union people (ie) our kids to take a backseat to their special interest. Remember this people, the next time you hear a MEA member or campaign talk about needing more funding for education. They always talk about our children's futre and their education. Well, they didn't give a damn about them yesterday becasue the mothership was calling them to Lansing....it's like watching organized crime right in front of us..breathtaking, really.

 

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