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Bryan Preston


December 6, 2012 - 12:47 pm

The Michigan legislature is considering making their state the 24th right-to-work state. Right-to-work is very pro-freedom legislation, forbidding unions from taking money from non-union workers’ paychecks against the workers’ wishes. Unhappy that the state’s elected leaders might pass the law, union protesters showed up at the capital in Lansing today and tried pushing their way past state troopers who had ordered them to stop.

State Police Inspector Gene Adamczyk said eight people were arrested for resisting and obstructing when they tried to push past two troopers guarding the Senate door. He said the troopers used chemical spray after the people refused to obey orders to stop.

The Capitol was temporarily closed because of concerns for the safety of people and the building. Adamczyk estimated about 2,500 visitors were at the Capitol.

So-called right-to-work measures generally prohibit requiring unions from collecting fees from nonunion employees, which opponents say drains unions of money and weakens their ability to bargain for good wages and benefits. Supporters insist it would boost the economy and job creation.

Because it would.

But above that is a more fundamental principle. No one should be forced to join a labor union against their will. No one should have their paycheck skimmed by any labor union against their will. No one should be forced to fund labor union politics if they do not agree with those politics.

Full stop. There’s really nothing else to discuss. The unions have been able to force unionization and skim paychecks for decades. It’s past time that they lose that power, and workers get their freedoms back.


Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.
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