Baldomero Gonzalez, an organizer with the Service Employees International Union, leads union members and activists Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, in singing modified Christmas carols to protest right to work at Oakland Mall in Troy. (David Guralnick / The Detroit News)
Tony Briscoe wrote on detroitnews.com that Michigan unions spent the weekend gearing up for a second round of protests this week at the state Capitol to oppose right-to-work legislation wending its way through the Legislature. Thousands of United Automobile Workers and their supporters will return to Lansing on Tuesday to oppose a bill that would allow workers to stop paying union dues.
Bernie Rickie, president of Local 600, on Saturday said he hopes members will be allowed in the House and Senate chambers on Tuesday, unlike last week when Michigan State Police locked down the building to be in accordance with its capacity requirements.
"I was there for protests Wednesday and Thursday and it was appalling," Rickie said. "They locked the doors ... There were more police in there than citizens." Rickie said if the bill passes on Tuesday the UAW will look into repealing it.
I wonder if the union protesters know why they were locked out of the capitol last week? Don't they understand that it has everything to do with capacity than their noisy sometimes intimidating protests? Don't they understand that a majority of Michiganders (according to polls) want our state to become a "right to work" state? Or do the pollsters have it wrong?
From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121209/POLITICS02/212090309#ixzz2EeTouAYC