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Right to Work — As Does Michigan, So Goes Wisconsin

images[5]A disturbing report out of the midwest…

Wisconsin is poised to enact a Right to Work Law modeled after Michigan’s new law. An AP report out of the state says the RTW legislative movement is picking-up steam in the wake of an appeals court ruling upholding the 2011 law that stripped public sector employees of the right to collective bargaining.

National Right to Work Foundation President, Mark Mix, is energized by the ruling and feels the Republican -led legislature will act on a RTW law soon. He is quoted as saying “No Wisconsin public worker should ever be forced to pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment.”

Although Governor Walker claims RTW is not on his agenda, Michigan heard the same song and dance out of Snyder.

Amy Kerr Hardin from Democracy Tree
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New Michigan Law in the Works to Destroy Public Education

A posthumous legacy of Michigan’s 96th Legislature — some ugly unfinished business the state can expect to see lead the parade of bills introduced in the new session:

Neophyte Republican party hard-liner, Lisa Posthumus-Lyons rode the coat-tails of her daddy, Dick Posthumus, into the Michigan House in 2010. After his failed gubernatorial race and loss to Jennifer Granholm, Dick worked his backroom corporate affiliations, and the father-daughter team surfed their well-greased skids into power positions within the Snyder Administration. The 32 year old freshman lawmaker, Lisa Posthumus-Lyons, fresh out of dabbling in the real estate business, was appointed Chair of the House Education Committee when the previous occupant, Rep. Paul Scott, was recalled.

Upon election, Snyder named the elder Posthumus as his senior advisor and legislative lobbyist. The appointment of Posthumus, a Michigan farmer with extensive legislative experience (having been the longest serving Senate Majority Leader in Michigan’s history) should have been the first clue that the Snyder administration would be nothing like the one painted in the campaign. More →

‘Workers’ Rights Are Human Rights’

On Up with Chris Hayes, the entire first hour was devoted to the role of unions in the economy, its tenuous relationship with partisan politics and the how the diminishing union participation has hurt the average American worker.

Union member Saladin Muhammad reminds viewers that workers’ rights are in fact, human rights, providing workers with the dignity of honest pay, benefits and safety in the workplace.

To watch a composite video of consecutive segments on Up with Chris Hayes, please click here.

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