RNs protest Gov. Snyder's "Right to Work" corporate takeover - page 3

With their mouths taped shut, RNs protest Gov. Snyder's "Right to Work" corporate takeover Michigan Nurses Association protests on the Capitol steps in Lansing against Michigan Right To Work... Read More

  1. by   Conqueror+
    I live in a right to work state and you will be exercising your right to work somewhere else if you even MENTION a union. I wonder how many anti union folks on here enjoy sick time, vacation time, paid holidays etc...those are things spawned from union efforts over the years.
  2. by   herring_RN
    Money behind Michigan's "right to work" legislation

  3. by   herring_RN
    "As labor unions have declined, workers have had less power and significantly the median wage has declined in tandem. In fact, over the last 30 years, most workers have seen no increase in their wages at all,"

  4. by   herring_RN
    Michigan Nurses Association: The power of collective bargaining

  5. by   herring_RN
    "In our glorious fight for civil rights, we must guard against being fooled by false slogans, such as 'right to work.' It is a law to rob us of our civil rights and job rights.
    Its purpose is to destroy labor unions and the freedom of collective bargaining by which unions have improved wages and working conditions of everyone...Wherever these laws have been passed, wages are lower, job opportunities are fewer and there are no civil rights. We do not intend to let them do this to us. We demand this fraud be stopped. Our weapon is our vote." --Martin Luther King, speaking about right-to-work laws in 1961

  6. by   Spidey's mom
    Right to Work States | National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation

    Detroit Free Press Writer’s Anti-Right to Work Diatribe Leaves Out Key Facts

    Just last month, the voters of Michigan rejected by a wide margin a Big Labor-backed ballot measure designed in part to prohibit state legislators from ever enacting a Right to Work law. Current polling indicates a majority of Michigan citizens support the Right to Work principle, which states that no one should ever be fired or denied a job simply for refusing to pay dues or fees to an unwanted union.
  7. by   ElvishDNP
    Quote from Conqueror+
    I live in a right to work state and you will be exercising your right to work somewhere else if you even MENTION a union.
    Exactly. Same here. Can't even mention it if you want to keep your job.

    It is so anti-union here that when a local financial entity changed its name from one name to another containing 'credit union', there was an enormous uproar all because it had the name 'union' in it. Even though it was a credit union before, it was just called something different, and even though this had nothing to do with a labor union.

    There are bigger forces at play than just 'employees haven't banded together yet'. Much bigger.

    All y'all anti-union folks are welcome to come work here and see how you like it.
  8. by   herring_RN
  9. by   tntrn
    I am waiting for anybody on the left, and the MSM to decry the violence and hatred that was on display yesterday in Michigan. The lack of it is in very sharp contrast to the President's message after the incident in Tuscon.
  10. by   22gawhitacre
    Doesn't this law just state that you are not forced a union if you want to be employed by a business that has an employee union currently? I don't see the real harm in his law.
  11. by   VICEDRN
    Quote from Jolie
    Right to work laws DO NOT BAN unions. They eliminate the requirement that one MUST join a union or pay dues to a union in order to be employed. Voluntary union membership is NOT prohibited.

    A right-to-work law is a statute in the United States of America that prohibits union security agreements, or agreements between labor unions and employers that govern the extent to which an established union can require employees' membership, payment of union dues, or fees as a condition of employment, either before or after hiring. "Right-to-work" laws do not, as the short phrase might suggest, aim to provide a general guarantee of employment to people seeking work, but rather are a government regulation of the contractual agreements between employers and labor unions that prevents them from excluding non-union workers.

    Right-to-work law - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Wikipedia? Really? And did you think I didn't know what "right to work" meant? Its like the word "pro life". Its just a fancy term for discouraging unionization.

    Feel free to come down here and mention the word union at work and see how quickly you get fired. You can be fired for trying to organize, for talking about organizing and yes, there are a hundred other laws that make unionization here illegal. Most nurses who work here want out in a big way. Give them a year or two and they are in grad school or off to california.

    The irony is listening to conservatives in union states who have traveled here as nurses and refuse to come back. And I have to ask them: you think the unions out there have nothing to do with that? Get real.
  12. by   22gawhitacre
    If it's so miserable you can leave anytime. Perhaps they don't come back because of the constant complaining?
  13. by   Jolie
    Quote from Elvish
    All y'all anti-union folks are welcome to come work here and see how you like it.
    Oh, the irony. Been there, done that, found it quite satisfactory.