Silent Protests Planned Against Right-To-Work Law

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LANSING, Mich — A group named We Are Michigan is sponsoring a number of silent protests around Michigan Wednesday.

The protests are in response to the passage and signing of right-to-work bills in Lansing. The group calls the bills “right-to-work-for-less.”

The demonstrations are scheduled for many major Michigan cities:

  • Grand Rapids: Republican headquarters, 725 Lake Michigan Drive, 11:30 a.m.
  • Kalamazoo: Bronson Park, 290 South Rose Street, 11 a.m.
  • Lansing: The roundabout at Michigan Avenue at Washington Square, one block east of the Capitol, 11 a.m.
  • Detroit: Office of Urban Affairs, Cadillac Place, 3044 W. Grand Blvd, 11 a.m.
  • Saginaw: City Hall, 1315 South Washington Avenue, 11:00 a.m.
  • Marquette: Governor Snyder’s Office, 244 Baraga Street, 3 p.m.

We Are Michigan describes itself on its website as “a coalition of faith, community, labor and progressive groups united by a common commitment to strengthening Michigan’s middle class.”

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  • Frederick

    Unlike Wisconsin, the Michigan Legislature and Governor moved fast on this. They stayed low and also secured the Capitol Building a day before the vote. The law will now take effect around April 1 2013; or 90 days after the session closes. Because of the fiscal attachments in the bill, it also cannot be put up for a statewide referendum. At the earliest, it cannot be challenged until after elections in fall 2014.

    But what the Unions and media mavens have not noticed yet is that the Legislature and Governor also changed the law last month to make recalls more difficult. There will be no replay of Wisconsin here.

    Hypocrisy thy name is Union. Daily, three picketers are also outside the Amway Grand Hotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan claiming the non-union hotel is ‘unfair’. The dirty secret is they are non-union workers, hired by the union at $9 hour to picket because no union member will do it.

  • Dudley

    The union had its purpose back in the day, but unfortunately I find it protects the lazy worthless worker who has no business in the position he is in Consequently for that reason alone, I'm anti-union…my dues are going to defend someone who oughta be canned.

  • 2013worldseries

    Hmm, we get asked for out input on what color an old Grand River bridge should be but never mind letting the people vote on the right-to-work issue.