Sunday, December 9, 2012

RTW4Less protests break out all over Mich.

Teamsters from Joint Council 43 joined the Oakland Mall protest.
(UPDATES with news coverage of Oakland Mall protest.)

Today Michigan got a taste of what the civil war over next two years will look like if right-to-work-for-less becomes law. Protests broke out all over the state.

Union members and their families sang anti-right-to-work carols at shopping malls, held mock auctions of the middle class and rallied outside Republican lawmakers' offices.

The protests were a run up to Tuesday's Day of Action in Lansing, which is drawing interest from union supporters throughout the Midwest and beyond.

In Troy, Brother Al Young from Joint Council 43 joined carolers at the Oakland Mall. The Detroit Free Press reported,
They looked jolly in red scarves and reindeer antler headbands, but the carolers outside of Oakland Mall in Troy on Sunday were actually protesters conveying a serious message: No to right-to-work legislation in Michigan. 
And they delivered their feelings about proposed bills and Gov. Rick Snyder through pointed, modified Christmas carols. Think "Frosty the Snowman." 
"Rick-y Snyder knew he couldn't get his way -- so he took the votes from the working folks so the wealthy get our pay," they sang.
In Kalamazoo, protesters targeted a Republican lawmaker who voted for right-to-work. Michigan Live reported,
More than 60 protestors sang anti-right-to-work carols and delivered a bag of coal to Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker's office on the South Kalamazoo Mall. Schuitmaker, R-Antwerp Township...
Protesting right-to-work today at the Oakland Mall.
One of the carols targeting Gov. Rick Snyder, sung to the tunes of Jingle Bells, had these lyrics:  
"Snyder yells, Snyder yells, Snyder yells, 'no way.' We will fight to keep things right. Right-to-work 'no way!'" 
Protestors also carried signs that read "Right 2 Work Hurts Working Families," "Snyder is Tearing Michigan Apart" and "Protect Working Families."
In Macomb County, several dozen people came to a mock auction. A teacher auctioned off the middle class while Channel 7 ABC covered the event.

In Saginaw, union members held a flash mob and sang a Christmas song the food court at the Fashion Square Mall in Saginaw. We understand it was a hit, with shoppers taking video and cheering.

...and we're not quite sure what this is about Joshua Pugh tweeted:
Crazy scene at Lk Lansing & Marsh - person laying in street, cars stopped in intersection, people directing traffic @LSJNews @wilxTV
These are the ones we know about. We'll keep you posted as we learn details about the others.