Labor Beat: Michigan Rams Through "Right to Work"





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Published on Dec 15, 2012

Lansing, MI -- December 11, 2012, and the union movement gets yet another wakeup call. This time it was the coming of union-busting right-to-work laws to Michigan, the birthplace of the United Auto Workers. One worker interviewed discussed a general work stoppage, while others vowed to have the law, enabled by a lame-duck state legislature, overturned.

The speech of Geraldine Blankenship (photo below) provides a highlight; she was a member of the Women's Brigade during the famous 1936 UAW sit-down strike.

Although there was little hope (correct, alas) that the Republican Governor would that day not sign into law the new measures, we see here a working class that is hardly defeated, is ready to continue the fight, and looking for new strategies -- for the current political strategies of the UAW and other unions has so far failed badly.

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