Michigan Progs Itching For Dues Fight

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In a speech in the House chambers after his election as speaker, Bolger said “all options” would be looked at. “Gone must be the days where things were taken off the table because they were uncomfortable to talk about.”

Bolger, of Marshall, later told reporters that “we have to have that conversation about right-to-work, we have to explore the pros and cons, we have to put all things on the table that would make Michigan more competitive.”

Republicans have a new 63-47 margin in the House, but Bolger said allowing workers to legally opt out of paying union dues would be vetted through an “open, thoughtful and deliberate” process in committee.

“I agree with Gov. Snyder when he says it’s a divisive issue and there are many more important things we ought to be working on in Michigan,” said Mark Gaffney, president of the Michigan State AFL-CIO. “Do you really attract business by having a long, bitter protracted fight between corporations and labor, or conservatives and progressives?”
(from mlive.com)

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The annual MLK observance at the state house in Columbia, S.C. had an interesting twist this year. The event is held on the north side steps of the statehouse. Prominent at that location is a large bronze statue of George Washington.

This year, the NAACP constructed a "box" to conceal the Father of His Country from view so that participants would not be offended by his presence.
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ACORN partner SEIU intends to put lipstick on the public sector unionism pig. They are trying to change the focus away from the inherently flawed system of public employee union monopolies, and put the focus on the many good public employees who manage to excel despite union boss interferences.

No matter how SEIU dresses it up, monopoly bargaining power over public employees is a bad idea. For one, it gives un-elected union bosses access and control over public officials and employees that other taxpayers and citizens are denied. Monopoly bargaining creates an additional extra-governmental monopoly over the governmental monopoly of public service, thus diminishing the ability of citizens to directly influence their own government services. In addition, many government-union contracts include “union time” payments which forces taxpayers to subsidize union activity – including partisan political activity.

Regardless of how SEIU plans to spin it, public sector monopoly bargaining is wrong for public employees and taxpayers.
(from biggovernment.com)

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Vietnam’s Communist elite were poised Tuesday to select the next party boss after being sequestered in secretive meetings for nearly a week to decide who will lead a country grappling with the growing pains of capitalism.

Nguyen Phu Trong, 66, current chairman of the lawmaking National Assembly, was expected to be named the powerful general secretary of the Communist Party to replace retiring Nong Duc Manh, 70.

That position, along with the three other top slots, were to be determined during the last two days of the Party Congress, which ends Wednesday.

But regardless of who is selected during the event — filled with pomp and circumstance along with hammer-and-sickle propaganda — the carefully choreographed direction of the country will not deviate from the path already mapped out by the ruling collective.
(from AP via dailycaller.com)

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