Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Unions fill Mich. rotunda in RTW fight right now

This is what democracy looks like. We hope. 
Michigan Republicans are now coming onto the floor of the state House of Representatives as the possibility of an anti-union, pro-poverty bill looms over Lansing. Inflamed workers are filling the rotunda  right now chanting, "This is what democracy looks like!" and "Union Busting, That's Disgusting!"

The Senate returned from recess and the Senate Gallery is full of workers. Outside the chamber, union presidents are firing up the crowd. We hear UAW President Bob King, AFT-Michigan President David Hecker, SEIU Healthcare Michigan President Marge Faville and Michigan Education Association President Steve Cook were on hand. According to Twitter they met at 3 pm and marched on the Capitol as the session began.

Unions fear that Republicans, goaded by corporate predators, will push a right-to-work-for-less bill through the Legislature within the week. Gov. Rick Snyder will sign it.

Michigan could make Wisconsin look like a walk in the park.

Speaking to the crowd of angry union members, Hecker called out the loony billionaires backing a right-to-work-for-less bill, including Amway heir Dick DeVos and the Koch brothers.

Urgent pleas for Michiganders to call their elected officials filled cyberspace. The AFL-CIO and the Teamsters are urging members to call their state senators. (Teamsters: Follow this link, find your senator and CALL: )

Here's a great quote from Hecker: "They have DeVos, they have the Koch brothers, but we have each other!"

Stay tuned. It's going to be a roller coaster for the next few days.