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It sure is good to have the help of the AFP in pushing back big-crony government.
Americans for Prosperity started running a six-figure ad buy for Michigan on Friday. It encompasses two separate radio ads. One connects Medicaid expansion to the Obamacare "train wreck," urging state senators to oppose expanding Medicaid. The other highlights concerns raised by union leaders like James Hoffa about the negative impact ObamaCare will have on union members.
Hagerstrom noted the ads complement each other and send a unified message in that both highlight the problems of ObamaCare.
Both ads highlight the damage participating in the federal boondoggle mess through the expansion of medicaid in Michigan.
The use of both ads point out that the 'train wreck' is non partisan.
If one was to only read the story today by Tom Gantert at Capitol Confidential, it might seem strange that the Mackinac Center advocates a very oppressive position.
A quick read of the article makes it seem that the Mackinac Center is suing the Teamsters to compel them to represent a non-paying employee in a grievance action. It seemed strange to read:
"The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation filed a lawsuit Thursday on behalf of four former Teamsters union workers who say charging them a fee to file a grievance because they opted out of paying dues is in violation of the right-to-work law passed in December.But.. aren't they NOT paying for that service?
Gantert's story DOES reference the key:
"The lawsuit contends that even though the four employees no longer pay dues, they still are forced to be represented by the union."However, it is something that might also be said to mean 'the union still negotiates the salary/benefits'; often used to make the 'free-rider' argument by labor supporters.
The real story lies elsewhere.
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By JGillman, Section News
Seriously, when the first question is "I don't know what to do", its good to have friends.
As August rounds the mid-mark, any Teachers in Michigan wishing to terminate dues paying to the union they might feel does NOT represent them should take note. The MEA is going to make it as hard as possible to consider your options. The statement by MEA President Steve Cook that the union would use
"any legal means at our disposal"to work against teachers who want to leave the union outside of the August window, might backfire.
Cook should note that some of those within the union might well have been willing to wait and see if the union would attempt to be more representative, given the circumstance. Instead, it doubles down, and drives home the reason that Freedom-To-Work is now law; that an out of touch overpaid political machine exists within its (the MEA's)ranks. Cook is an example of lousy leadership that has no expectation of capitulating to law or common sense with regard to the treatment of those who pay his six-figure income.
For those of you who feel pressured to make that decision within the next two weeks? The Mackinac Center has provided a means by which you can tell Cook to go to the back of the lunch line. A prepared and downloadable opt-out letter that tells him where to stuff it. (here is a sample I did in 30 seconds)
You know you have a problem when your pets growl at you.
A recent letter to President Obama looks for the most part like things we have said for years. That the ACA is deeply flawed legislation which never had the appropriate vetting done, was rushed, and frankly will have negative impacts that were predicted, yet ignored. James Hoffa writes:
"Dear Leader Reid and Leader Pelosi:Don't you hear the whistle anymore Mr. Hoffa?
We warned you. We told you it was a lie. We advised against such socialist manifestations of public policy, but your boots on the ground guaranteed the demise of your "hard earned benefits".
And there isn't an executive order that would stand a constitutional test even by THIS liberal court which would support a carve out, or fix for this fundamental destruction of our way of life, Mr Hoffa. This president is not a friend to the United States, and the two you write to are fully owned by this corrupt administration.
The question is, will you put boots on the ground to support more of the same or follow through with what appears to be the spark of an epiphany? How many times will you allow the master to kick you.
Before you bite his leg.
Go ahead. Do it.
By JGillman, Section News
Recall that Snyder was backed into signing the Freedom To Work Act, but now needs to defend it.
Part of that task is to provide an atmosphere that PROMOTES a healthy dialogue between employer and employee. A couple of points made below should be noted.
Michigan Freedom To Work, a coalition of union and merit shop workers, employers, retirees and thousands of grass roots activists favoring more Michigan jobs, labor freedom and workers' choice, today announced its analysis of proposed Medicaid expansion in Michigan.
"Medicaid expansion as proposed in HB 4714 is anti-worker and anti-jobs,"Said Brian Pannebecker, spokesman for Michigan Freedom To Work and a UAW/Ford employee.
"It is designed to triple Medicaid payments and add nearly 500,000 more to Michigan Medicaid rolls. It will encourage employers to hold down hours and wages, and place a glass ceiling over those workers seeking advancement. Earn a quarter raise and lose your insurance? Many of those already having private sector insurance will lose that preferred care and they will be dumped on Federal public insurance. It may save some companies money to push some of their operating costs on our grand children but it will disrupt the employer/employee relationship and shock Michigan's fledgling recovery into a tail spin. That is not wise public policy.Agreed.
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By Corinthian Scales, Section News
What a shame it is that the Majority Party in Lansing, need guidance with their allowance like little children require, but thank God for the Good People at Americans For Prosperity looking out for us taxpayers in Michigan, with 13 tour stops around the state.
First Tour stop:
Don't Raise MI Taxes Tour Stop (St. Clair Shores)
Thank you for your ongoing efforts, Mr. Hagerstrom! As noted from an mLive screed, it should be highlighted who the Legislator held responsible for the latest MIaGOP Tax Hike scheme on Michigan residents.
A new plan taking shape in the state House, spearheaded by Republican [questionable] Rep. Wayne Schmidt of Traverse City, is expected to include increased gasoline taxes and registration fees. The proposal also would exempt fuel purchases from the state's six percent sales tax, which is collected at the pump but is not used to fix roads.
Congratulations, District 104 voters. Feeling dumb about sending Wayne "Show Pony" back for another term in Lansing, yet? I doubt it. But wait, there's more!
House Speaker Jase Bolger, R-Marshall, signaled support for the plan on Thursday, telling reporters that the legislature must "be committed to solving the full problem," including making sure that all taxes paid at the pump go toward roads.
By JGillman, Section News
In 2011, the new makeup of the Michigan legislature brought forth a new reality, and hope for Michigan workers and employers.
The possibility of Right-To-Work legislation in a state considered so incredibly 'hands off' was too unbelievable, that even the national right to work folks scoffed at those of us conferencing in Lansing were preparing it. They were planning some help for Indiana and possibly Ohio, but Michigan? No way.
We persisted, and believing the governor's pre-election pledge that if it came before him, he would sign it, daily efforts were made to advance this important freedom, and relief from organized labor's non-accountability. It was focused, and had too many parts that would eventually lead to its successful passage, to give credit to one entity, or idea or effort. All hands were on deck, and the trick was getting it in front of the governor to sign.
Which he did. And we thank him for honoring his promise.
While the fight to KEEP it will go on for a couple of years, we should celebrate this point in time with vigor.
Happy Workers Freedom day!
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By JGillman, Section News
In communities all over the state of Michigan, there has been a debate that will end March 27.
That debate is whether or not to advance contracts for bargaining units so that those units will operate under a closed shop for as long as possible. Union leadership, in order to extend their hold on the workers is willing to concede items already won. Public sector employers, seeing an opportunity to get concessions not so easily given before, is eager to capitulate. By golly taxpayers are well served, right? Win Win, right? Right?
I guess its a matter of perspective.
For the employees, they get to find out how well they have been served by their bargaining masters. Being locked in so that they can lose a perk or two, and with an added bonus of having several more years of unaccountability? A BARGAIN at half the price!
Even a contract signed as recently as November can be reopened and dealt away on the basis of expected health benefits costs, and a college which hopes to limit its exposure
" MCAAP and MCCFO took the offer, he surmised, because they were going to be subject to the health care changes before the end of 2013 anyway.".. by less than a year.
A few more shekels out of the employees pockets, so that they may remain the property of the union for an additional 5 months.
THAT'S accountability, yes?
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