Monday briefing and open thread

“In our glorious fight for civil rights, we must guard against being fooled by false slogans, such as ‘right to work.’ It is a law to rob us of our civil rights and job rights.

Its purpose is to destroy labor unions and the freedom of collective bargaining by which unions have improved wages and working conditions of everyone…Wherever these laws have been passed, wages are lower, job opportunities are fewer and there are no civil rights. We do not intend to let them do this to us. We demand this fraud be stopped. Our weapon is our vote.” —Martin Luther King, speaking about right-to-work laws in 1961

Stephen Henderson has had a couple of great articles in the last few days. Gov. Rick Snyder wanted ‘issue behind us’ — but he hurt Michigan and Do the math: Right-to-work makes absolutely no sense for Michigan

GOP, Koch Brothers Sneak Attack Guts Labor Rights in Michigan and Wisconsin anti-union group helping fund Right to Work for Less drive in Michigan – Remember this when the #tcot buttwipes bitch about our brothers & sisters joining us from out of state. They don’t mind if the money crosses state lines, but if people come in then it’s a problem.

Tim Skubick: Could right-to-work issue hurt Detroit’s chances for federal dollars? … The problem with this rtw fight is that it is a real test of our souls. We progressives almost always compromise for the good of the people. Republicans / conservatives on the other hand are willing to destroy this planet if that’s what it takes to get their way.

Democrats warn Snyder about consequences over right-to-work legislation rush … and as if to answer Tim’s question:

The Michigan delegation said they would continue to push for federal money and projects for the state, but they couldn’t predict how other members of Congress might act.

“When this national story really breaks, it’s going to make it harder for us to get support from some of our colleagues,” Sen. Levin said.

Right-To-Work–Too Fast, Too Furious? – Rick Jones says this has been coming for a long time, you hookers.

More over the jump …

Activist Files Suit Over Right-to-Work Legislation – Did they violate the Open Meetings Act when they locked us out of the Capitol?

Right to Work in Michigan – “If you are going to kill the king, you had best kill him.” Don’t be like Scott Walker and not kill him. But I swear, really, this doesn’t destroy unions.

Nurses show up at the Capitol today:

“Nurses are outraged at Gov. Snyder’s war on workers, knowing that the wounds he is inflicting on our state will hurt for decades to come,” said Katie Oppenheim, a registered nurse from Ann Arbor who spoke for the nurses. “Our union is our voice in the workplace, and nurses use that voice every single day to keep patients safe against corporations that only care about their profits. Gov. Snyder and CEOs are using ‘Right to Work’ to shut workers up, pure and simple.”

Nurses were at the Capitol on Thursday with thousands of others as the Legislature rushed devastating “Right to Work” bills through in one day, despite Gov. Snyder saying for months that he did not want to see that legislation. The Governor has now said he will sign RTW into law – an abrupt change that came after the intervention of the Chamber of Commerce and millionaire CEOs like Dick DeVos.

As advocates for their patients at the bedside and beyond, nurses will join thousands of other workers at the Capitol on Tuesday for a massive day of action. They will show Gov. Snyder, right-wing legislators and corporate special interests that this is a new day in Michigan and people will no longer put up with his anti-worker, anti-family agenda.

Detroit News blogger Dale Hanson, author of the The right to worse, not the right to choose, was on with Tony this morning:




A short documentary on the Flint Sit Down

Census DailyOn this date 85 years ago, country music and radio joined together to create one of the most successful pop culture forces in entertainment history. The occasion was the first broadcast of the “Grand Ole Opry” on WSM in Nashville, Tennessee. At the time, some of Nashville’s civic leaders worried that the show’s sound would project the wrong image for the city, which, of course, long ago became the nation’s capital of country music, and remains so to this day. There are more than 1,700 sound recording studios across the U.S., and they generate over $853 million in revenue each year.


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