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Michigan Republicans are teeing up yet another bill to go after union workers in the state. This one would eliminate union exclusivity clauses, which say that there can only be one union representing any given set of workers. Rather, different unions might fight to represent, say, the auto workers in a specific plant—and not only would the unions spend energy fighting each other rather than the boss, but the boss could decide to go easier on a favored union. This was common up until the 1935 passage of the National Labor Relations Act, which should tell you something about where Michigan Republicans are trying to take their state's economy.

Eclectablog lays out what Michigan Republicans are going for here:

Understand this very simple fact: the push to eliminate exclusivity and return to “collective bargaining pluralism” is nothing more than an attempt to weaken unions even further. It is being done for the exact same reasons the powerful automakers in the 1930s pushed so hard for it: it puts management, a unified group, in a position of power while unions and workers fight amongst themselves for the scraps they are tossed. Pitting members of your opposition against each other is a classic technique in warfare of any sort. It should come as no surprise to anyone that conservative groups and Michigan Republicans are using it to defeat labor unions and take away their power.
In other words, this is a logical next step from the people who took advantage of a lame-duck session to ram through a freeloader bill and revive a law that had been repealed by a popular vote, then slashed funding for schools that signed union contracts delaying implementation of the freeloader law.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 09:19 AM PDT.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions and Daily Kos.

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  •  wait, wait.... MI GOP is corporatist? ZOMG (4+ / 0-)
    This was common up until the 1935 passage of the National Labor Relations Act, which should tell you something about where Michigan Republicans are trying to take their state's economy.

    Warning - some snark above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 Acedia is essentially a flight from the world that leads to not caring even that one does not care

    by annieli on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 09:22:52 AM PDT

  •  this is becuz of low voter turnout in 2010. (5+ / 0-)

    i know redistricting didn't help, but voting would've made a difference.   yes i am complaining instead of offering a solution.

    it wasn't persecution by a liberal government that persuaded the earliest immigrants to escape to the Americas.

    by dunnjen on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 10:00:10 AM PDT

    •  Anyone Who Wants the Public to Perform Has the (4+ / 0-)

      burden of motivating them.

      The party and its president did a historically catastrophic job at that in 2009-10 as people here were screaming by spring 2009.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 10:06:23 AM PDT

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    •  Top of the ticket in Michigan didn't help. (3+ / 0-)
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      hnichols, Sylv, Dirtandiron

      Bernero was not a good candidate for Guv, and Granholm was hated by that point.  Add to that the "moderate" Snyder and his "one tough nerd" campaign, and frankly, people in Michigan didn't give a damn.  Folks I talked to, including my friends and relatives, simply shrugged and said Snyder as a done deal, and they could live with that, because they thought he was a moderate.

      Cake or DEATH? Oh, I'll have cake, please.

      by wmtriallawyer on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 10:17:22 AM PDT

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      •  bernero was the uaw candidate (3+ / 0-)
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        Sylv, wmtriallawyer, viral

        and he only knew that one song. he sang it everywhere, but candidates need to work for broad appeal. as union myself, i knew better than snyder, but he did appear to be moderate. especially compared to the slew of legislators we have.  i keep telling ppl of the importance of local candidates. this season's county commissioner or council president is next election's state rep.   the whackos that run locally are stunning. i've moderated forums for lwv and felt quite discouraged.

        it wasn't persecution by a liberal government that persuaded the earliest immigrants to escape to the Americas.

        by dunnjen on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 02:11:32 PM PDT

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  •  I was born in Detroit, grew up in Saginaw (8+ / 0-)

    and went to college in Flint.

    The thought that Michigan would ever return to the days before the Great Sit Down Strike boggles my mind.  And saddens me immensely.

    I pity my home state, and the generations that fought for union rights.

    Cake or DEATH? Oh, I'll have cake, please.

    by wmtriallawyer on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 10:05:44 AM PDT

  •  Oh for fuck's sake, sometimes Dems make me sick (1+ / 0-)
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    alevei

    Yes, Virgil Bernero was not the Second Coming of FDR, but any Michigan Democrat who swallowed the complete line of bullshit about Snyder being a moderate and voted for him or sat home gets no sympathy from me. If Bernero was sitting in the Governor's office he could be vetoing legislation and making it difficult for the GOPer stooges to get what they want. But nooooooo, Michigan Dems weren't "excited" about Bernero so far too many of them sat on their asses on election day. Just google turnout in 2010 versus 2006 and you'll see what happened. Same thing happened in Wisconsin and Ohio. Many hundreds of thousands fewer Dems turned out in 2010 than in the previous off-year.

    If Democrats nationwide would just wake the fuck up and realize that the single worst thing they can do is to sit on their lazy fucking asses on election day we'd all of us be better off. Better Dem candidates—which we need—are never going to come through inaction.

  •  The Leg. like most states that have Republican (2+ / 0-)
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    Gentle Giant, Zadie

    control are not writing the bills they pass, they are passing a bill that was written by a lobby for ALEC.

    Michigan's slide to being an Calvinist state will not be stopped until there is some way to stop the money of west Michigan from buying elections.

  •  intimidation (1+ / 0-)
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    Gentle Giant

    In the 1930s, unions used intimidation to get power--and often it was ugly.  Sadly, often it resulted in better laws and better working conditions.  Might doesn't make right, but weakness encourages abuse.  Unions have to look inward and understand the old slogan--they are brothers and sisters.  This family feeling broke up when workers crossed picket lines of PATCO during Reagan's attack on unions.  To get the old groove going again, social media can be used.  If someone crosses the picket line--post the photo online.  If someone  scabs, do the same.  
    Unions need to become more active politically. Every union meeting should include lists of "good" and "bad" politicians.
    The only way to beat this enemy is with united power--they have the money.  We need leaders to emulate Meany and Shanker and Quill and Briller.  

    Apres Bush, le deluge.

    by melvynny on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 07:56:50 PM PDT

    •  until the radio is fixed, liberal activism=pitiful (1+ / 0-)
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      because we let the loudest megaphones in every state make it so

      this round of union vs 1% is about the use of public radio  airwaves by the 1%

      unions can protest and be active all they want but they're wasting most of it if some ayn randian twits with giant megaphones reading chamber of commerce talking points all day long can scream over it.

      This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

      by certainot on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 11:25:38 PM PDT

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  •  It's not just union attacks. (1+ / 0-)
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    viral

    Republicans look back to the 1930s for many, many things.

    Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

    by Gentle Giant on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 07:58:09 PM PDT

  •  OT but a really nice photo by Critical Thinker. (0+ / 0-)

    A mysterious gothic thing going on.

  •  OK, look. For private sector employers (0+ / 0-)

    like, say, the auto industry, this is flagrantly preempted by federal law (the aforementioned National Labor Relations Act).  It is a non-starter.  They can pass it but it will never take effect.  

  •  Is Michigan even capable... (0+ / 0-)

    ... of reasonable self-government any more?  Or does Congress need to step in?

  •  10 RW stations in mich depend on MSU and MU sports (0+ / 0-)

    for ad money and community standing/acceptability. most of them probably couldn't survive without that relationship, which makes a joke out of their mission statements.

    when will unions and activists in mich figure out ways to get together with students and faculty and unions at those two major Michigan universities and put a cork in the koch bros big megaphone?

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 11:17:40 PM PDT

  •  As a Michigan resident let me tell you, (0+ / 0-)

    they are one big bunch of @ssholes.

    What we need is a Democrat in the White House.

    by dkmich on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 10:12:19 AM PDT

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