Unions Vow Revenge in Right-to-Work Fight
Laws headed for court battle, 2014 showdown
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Dec 12, 2012 7:57 AM CST
Protesters gather for a rally outside the State Capitol in Lansing, Mich., Dec. 11, 2012.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

(Newser) – The battle has just begun over Michigan's newly passed right-to-work laws, labor leaders vowed today. Opponents of the law have already filed two lawsuits against it, the Detroit News reports, and they intend to make it the centerpiece of the 2014 election, which will see all the state's legislative seats up for vote. "If Gov. Snyder thinks that Michigan citizens will go home and forget about what happened in Lansing today, he is sorely mistaken," the state's Democratic Party chairman said.

The lawsuits claim that lawmakers violated the Open Meetings Act by continuing proceedings after police put the Capitol on lockdown on Thursday. But Snyder isn't worried. "I would expect litigation, but I would say there are strong legal arguments that this law should stand," he said last night. The issue has raised some passionate responses. For example:

  • Somewhere between 13,000 and 18,000 protesters came out yesterday, far more than the 10,000 projected to be there, the Daily Beast reports.
  • A former US congressman was among several protesters hit with pepper spray during the demonstrations, the Huffington Post reports. "People were exercising their first amendment rights," Democrat Mark Schauer said. "Unfortunately, some of us are paying a price for it."
  • State Rep. Douglas Geiss turned a number of heads by saying that if the law passed, "there will be blood. There will be repercussions. We will relive the battle of the overpass," the Washington Examiner reports. He even tweeted the remark, though he has since deleted it.
  • The fight extends beyond Michigan. Politico reports that labor unions around the country are prepping a major campaign on the issue for the 2013 and 2014 gubernatorial elections. "These are politicians who aren't even listening to the results of the election," says the AFL-CIO's political director.

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Dec 13, 2012 8:22 AM CST
Oh.. you poor disgruntle Americans… Is Revolution on your horizon???
Dec 13, 2012 3:46 AM CST
During his Christmas address to the nation on December 23, 1981, President Reagan condemned the Soviet-backed Polish crackdowns on labor unions, promoting the “basic right of free trade unions and to strike”: REAGAN: The Polish government has trampled underfoot to the UN Charter and Helsinki accords. It has even broken the Gdansk Agreement of 1980 by which the Polish government recognized the basic right of free trade unions and to strike. In a radio address given the following October, the former president escalated his rhetoric. Reagan condemned the Polish government’s outlawing of Solidarity, and attacked it for making it “clear they never had any intention of restoring one of the most elemental human rights — the right to belong to a free trade union”: REAGAN: Ever since martial law was brutally imposed last December, Polish authorities have been assuring the world that they’re interested in a genuine reconciliation with the Polish people. But the Polish regime’s action yesterday reveals the hollowness of its promises. By outlawing Solidarity, a free trade organization to which an overwhelming majority of Polish workers and farmers belong, they have made it clear that they never had any intention of restoring one of the most elemental human rights—the right to belong to a free trade union.http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/02/25/146460/flashback-reagan-union-right/
Dec 12, 2012 10:26 PM CST
The Bosses, their "administrative" Thugs, and their political puppeteers are screaming, crying......threatening blood and revenge. Their slaves -- the actual workers -- might be in line behind them, but look closely and you will see smiles and a lot of "wink-wink". They ALL know they will be better off without those corrupt bastards and their political masters. Don't sweat the threats.......the ballot box never lies.