Michigan Protesters Fight With Christmas Carols
'Frosty the Snowman' turns into song against right-to-work bill
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 10, 2012 6:50 AM CST
Updated Dec 10, 2012 7:44 AM CST
Demonstrators protest right-to-work legislation in the outside the George W. Romney State Office building, where Gov. Snyder's office is located, in Lansing, Mich., Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

(Newser) – Protesters descended on a Michigan mall yesterday wearing festive scarves and fake reindeer antlers and singing what appeared to be Christmas carols ... but instead of the lyrics you remember from "Frosty the Snowman," they were singing lines like, "Rick-y Snyder knew he couldn't get his way / so he took the votes from the working folks so the wealthy get our pay." The demonstrators were protesting the state's right-to-work bill, which would make paying union dues voluntary and which Republican Gov. Rick Snyder is set to sign tomorrow.

The protesters were forced to disperse after 15 minutes (while chanting "police need a raise!"), the Detroit Free Press reports, but organizers say much larger demonstrations are planned for tomorrow. President Obama will weigh in on the right-to-work issue today when he visits Michigan to talk about his plan to avert the fiscal cliff, the Huffington Post reports. Last week, the White House released a statement noting that Obama opposes right-to-work laws because he "believes our economy is stronger when workers get good wages and good benefits, and he opposes attempts to roll back their rights" by weakening labor unions. Today's official comment from the president should give activists a boost, the Huffington Post notes.

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Mr.LarryG.
Dec 11, 2012 5:24 AM CST
when a place like Walmarts hire, there is no negotiating for wages or benefits,,,you want the job, you take their offer,,,if you dont like it, someone else will,,,,as a group, there is more leverage,,,,,any employer can walk in these days, put in wage decreases at anytime and say take it or you will be replaced,,,,,with a union, they are challenging a group, not just you individually,,,,,yes, their are employers who are more personnable, but in most big manufacturinnefits are the results provided by nd competetive wages and beg businesses they arent, you are just a number,you have no bargaining leverage and are on your own,,,,,,,safety laws, sweat shop laws, are in place due to labor unions,,,,,thank them for their service,,,,,,
JesseJ
Dec 10, 2012 10:14 PM CST
Unions don't agree with the RIGHT to work. Therefore, they don't believe in RIGHTS, or evidently, freedom. To them, it's all about control. I could never understand why anyone would turn over their right to negotiate their own salary and benefit package. I could never understand why a jobsite that nedded a generator for power would have to provide a dedicated operator for that generator, with absolutely no other duties than to fuel it, start it, shut it off and go home. I think union members believe they OWN the job they are hired for. If that's the case, start your own business, and find out what life is really like. Yes you may have some PHD's, I just consider them over-educated idiots.
Pragmatist
Dec 10, 2012 8:47 PM CST
Glad I am not rich... I would hate to be considered evil. Glad I am not poor... I would hate to be considered lazy. Glad I am not a union member... I would hate to be considered incapable of fending for myself. Glad I am not a Republican... I would hate to be considered unethical. Glad I am not a Democrat... I would hate to considered a victim. But... wish others were pragmatic moderates like me... ... a massive amount of liberty in action could actually accomplish something.