The ink on the reports of the election results has barely dried and conservatives have already rolled out the first big post-election victory -- by enacting a so called "right to work" law in, of all places, Michigan.
The GOP in Michigan tried to position itself as the savior of workers, some sort of perverse Superman rescuing those who receive union benefits from the responsibility to help pay for union costs.
The campaign to make Michigan a so-called "right to work" state is not really about individuals paying union dues. It's all about the 1 percent limiting the ability of working people to work together for a real voice on the job and better wages and conditions.
These bills will make Michigan one of the most regressive states in the nation in terms of women's health. Michigan. The friendly blue mitten is giving the people a slap in the face. Part of me can't believe it, but part of me believes it too well.
Since Democratic candidates tend to support the same progressive views, defunding unions would take away their power to campaign for Democratic candidates. The new Michigan law is thus also a partisan law supporting the Republican party.
In the coming months we'll see how many people in Michigan really have accepted the Republicans' disingenuous and bogus notion that it would be a good thing for the state to force everyone to earn less money.
Michigan is a textbook example of how ALEC and Americans for Prosperity, the big business lobby and the Koch Brothers have worked to bust unions.
An alarming set of bills is about to move to Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's desk as soon as today. Pushed through by lame-duck legislators who are about to leave office, these bills would make Michigan one of the most regressive states in the nation on women's health.
Whether it's a statutory initiative, a veto referendum or an outright recall election, we must take action in Michigan and anywhere workers' rights are under threat. There has been far too much sacrifice to secure our ability to collectively bargain and create fairer working conditions for us to give up now.
Unions are not social clubs, they are entities with the specific purpose of securing workers' rights, and in order to do that they need to be as tough, and sometimes as combative, as management.
As money concentrates at the top, so does power. That concentrated power generates even more entrenched wealth at the top, and less for the middle class and the poor. The result has been a degree of inequality not witnessed since the days of the robber barons.
After a grueling election, Americans now simply want their elected leaders to solve real problems, not to cut the retirement and health benefits they work all their lives to earn.
Tuesday in Lansing, Michigan National Action Network will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with other citizens at the Capitol to show the governor and other elected leaders that we will not stand quietly by while they hurt our families and communitie.
Unions have changed. It's time for politicians to crack the books and learn about how to encourage the creation of more high performance workplaces of the 21st century rather than clinging to outmoded ideas that attempt to recreate the 19th century workplace.
"One of those bills gave charter schools the right to use available public school facilities without having to pay for the building... which is actually owned by the school district, an entity funded by taxpayers.