Michigan Passes Right-to-Work Legislation; Email from Canadian Teacher Threatened With $500 Fines Per Day for Not Picketing; Collective Bargaining vs. Company Store

Right-to-Work provisions are at long last coming to Michigan. Reuters reports 'right-to-work' law exempts existing union contracts

  • Right-to-Work could be approved within a week
  • Stunning blow to organized labor
  • Immediate impact blunted by "grandfather" clause
  • Opponents vow to overturn new law

The proposed Michigan "right-to-work" law will not apply to existing union contracts, a leading sponsor of the proposal said on Friday, which may blunt its immediate impact on the huge auto industry in the state.

Michigan Republicans pushed through the state legislature on Thursday a law making the payment of union dues voluntary in the private sector. The state Senate also voted to apply this to the public sector except for police and fire unions.

Republican lawmakers, who hold majorities in both chambers of the legislature, could give final approval to the laws on Tuesday and Republican Governor Rick Snyder could immediately sign them, Amber McCann, spokeswoman for state Senate Majority Leader Richard Richardville, said on Friday.

"Right-to-work" could be signed into law within a week in the cradle of the U.S. auto industry, a stunning blow to organized labor in the United States.

The law would actually take effect at the end of March, Richardville said on Thursday.
Step in Right Direction

This is certainly a big step in  the right direction, but much more needs to be done. I am not concerned about the grandfather clause because eventually those contracts will be picked up.

I am concerned about caving into police and fire unions because those bloated workforces have the most egregious wage structures and pension plans.

Right to Work States

This graph from the National Right-to-Work Committee will soon need to be updated (with an * denoting exceptions for police and fire unions)

Canadian Teacher Threatened With $500 Fines Per Day for Not Picketing

A couple days ago I received an email from "CT" a "Canadian Teacher" who was threatened with huge fines if he did not picket. "CT" writes" ...
Hello Mish,

I am a regular reader of your blog.  I appreciate the candid and insightful analysis you provide concerning today's turbulent economic times.

I'm writing because I have a bit of a problem. I am a grade 8 teacher in Ontario, Canada.  The ETFO (elementary teacher's federation of Ontario) will be participating in a series of one day strikes over the next few weeks to protest Bill 115 (the bill basically ends collective bargaining and public union right to strike).

I will not be participating (Bill 115 seems good to me). That means crossing the line when the strike actually happens (next week). As you can imagine, the heat is on, including threats to be fined $500 for every day I do not participate.

Some of my colleagues have come to me privately and admire the stance I'm taking, but will not admit so publicly. I was wondering, could you send me some more arguments I could use for the "discussions" I'll be having over the next few weeks?

I've already outlined how collective bargaining isn't a right, how I'd be happy to negotiate my own contract, and how our union has helped bankrupt the province.

Perhaps send me some links to earlier articles you wrote on the subject, etc.

Would greatly appreciate the help, because the flames are rising and I need more extinguishers.

Collective Bargaining neither a Privilege nor a Right

Congratulations to "CT" for being courageous to stand up to slave-masters. That is what union organizers are. They tell you what you can or cannot do with your time. Worse yet, they even dictate what others can or cannot do with their time.

For example, can people volunteer to clean your school? I suspect most would say no because it would take a union job. Such restrictions on how you spend your free time, especially if you have to join a union involuntarily, are a form of slavery. So is inability to work for yourself if you want to.

I have written about this many times. Please consider this snip from Collective Bargaining neither a Privilege nor a Right
Five Ways Collective Bargaining Tramples Various Unalienable Rights

  1. Collective bargaining agreements take away the right of individuals to pursue a career of their dreams void of union affiliation
  2. Collective bargaining agreements force individuals into organizations against the free will of those members
  3. Collective bargaining agreements force union dues out of members who do not even want to belong
  4. Collective bargaining agreements dictate what members can and cannot do with their free time.
  5. Collective bargaining agreements even dictate what non-members can and cannot do with their free time!

Example of Point Number Four

Union firefighters are frequently prohibited from being volunteer fire department workers for their city.

Example of Point Number Five

Union rules prohibit volunteers from helping schools paint, trim shrubbery, answer phones, clean blackboards, etc. The absurdity of such pro-union, anti-taxpayer arrangements should be self-evident.

Right to Pursue Happiness

Unions have no right to deprive others of their "unalienable right" to pursue happiness.

If it makes people happy to volunteer time, that "unalienable right" must not be stripped away by unions or politicians and their self-serving goals.

The alleged collective bargaining "rights" of unions were attained over the years via tactics of coercion, bribery, fear-mongering, and vote-buying. Regardless of how attained, even in good-faith, politicians have no right to take away "unalienable Rights".

Unions insist they won the rights to collective bargaining through negotiation. That is as impossible as whites negotiating rights to own blacks or to tell blacks where they can sit on a bus.

There is no right or even privilege that can make people slaves. There is no right or privilege to tell people what they can or cannot do with their free time. There is no right or privilege to collect dues from members forced into an organization against their will. There is no right or privilege that can force someone into a union, otherwise stripping them of the ability to pursue the career of their dreams.

The Issue is Unalienable Rights

Rights of unions must not and cannot be allowed to interfere on the rights of others to NOT belong to a union and to NOT pay union dues if they do not want to.

For more on the slavery aspect of public unions and collective bargaining advocates, please see Paul Krugman, Stephen Colbert, Bill Maher, others, Ignore Extortion, Bribery, Coercion, and Slavery; No One Should Own You!

Right-to-Work is an Unalienable Right

The "right-to-work" is an unalienable right. Unfortunately, Paul Krugman, Stephen Colbert, Bill Maher, Michael Moore and countless others ignore the slavery aspect of this debate because it happens to suit their political goals.
Collective Bargaining vs. Company Store

Notice how "collective bargaining" has reversed by 180 degrees the concept of a "company store" in which workers had to buy their goods from the owner of the store.

Now the owner of the store must buy services from the workers. Those workers, must belong to the "collective" or they cannot get a job.

Note the owners of the store may not even be able to move it to another state to avoid the "collective". That happened to Boeing as noted in President Obama's Slave Trade; Senator DeMint Says Team Obama Acts Like Thugs
Suppose you own a profitable, legal in all 50 states, business and want to expand or reorganize your operations.

Now let's suppose that someone came up to you and said "Sorry boys, but you cannot do what you want with your business. You cannot go anywhere you please. See those balls and chains on your feet, boy? I have the key and I say you are staying right here. I am the slave master and don't you forget it."

That is exactly what President Obama said to Boeing, or rather a the labor relations board appointed by president Obama said to Boeing.
Fundamental Rights

Rights work both ways.

  1. No one should have to work for a company if they don't want to. People can quit, or they can strike.

  2. Likewise, no employee and no labor board has any fundamental right to tell businesses who they can hire, who they can fire, or what states they can do business in.

Violation of either point above is slavery. There is no other way of looking at it.

So "CT" has to picket when he does not want to, has to belong to a collective he does not want to, and cannot negotiate his own wages if he wants to. His only choice is to join the "collective" or not work.

"CT" is a forced into a "company store" arrangement that he does not want to join. This folks is slavery.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

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