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  • Union Fail: It's About the Students, Stupid! [Updated]

    12/11/2012 4:32:24 PM Posted by Kate Edwards

    By Kate Edwards

    The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. In Lansing, Michigan, unions are doing their best impersonation of Wisconsin. More than 26,000 children missed school today because their teachers called in "sick" to protest right to work legislation. Warren Consolidated Schools, Taylor School District and Fitzgerald Public Schools were closed in response to the "sick out" teacher protests.

    The Right to Work Bills for both public and private employees passed through the Michigan House earlier today. Assuming the bills are signed into law, Michigan will be the 24th state to pass right to work legislation, which would allow a worker to choose whether they wanted to join a union and pay union dues. This is concerning to unions, because not only is this happening in the birth state of the United Auto Workers (UAW), but it eliminates the union stranglehold on workers in the industry and the money in their pockets.

    But of course, teachers unions say they are all about the children. This must be why Robert Freehan, spokesman for the Warren school district, stated, "We're concerned about the safety and security of the students, so we're treating [today] as a snow day." Freehan estimated that several hundred teachers had called in sick Monday morning.

    If these protests in Michigan follow the path of the Wisconsin protests, we have days of "shame on you" chants and fraudulent behavior ahead of us. In Wisconsin, teachers took extended absences, schools were closed for days and doctors set up booths on the grounds of the capitol and signed off on fake sick notes for protestors. Parents were left scrambling to find care for their children, or presumably miss work themselves.

    Michigan is poised to join the ranks of Right to Work States that, according to AFP Michigan, have been responsible for 72% of new private sector jobs since 2009. Politifact states that, on average, private sector job growth is about 5% faster in right to work states.

    How many more snow days will Michigan have before it becomes all too obvious the teachers union is not looking out for the best interest of the students?

    Update 4:55PM Comedian and Fox News Contributor Steven Crowder is sucker-punched and choked on camera at the Lansing, Michigan protests.

    Kate Edwards is the Program Officer for Chapter Services for Young Americans for Freedom

    • Readers' Comments

    • Unions are as useless and outdated as the NAACP. When these organizations cease to have a clear and useful purpose, they start to chip away at the principles of our founders so that they can seem relevant. I'm glad to see more people are starting to see the value of being a right-to-work state.
      Posted by Stephan Pitts on 12/12/2012
    • FN1NCI Thanks-a-mundo for the article.Thanks Again. Will read on...
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    • BHDFFH Thank you for your post. Much obliged.
      Posted by 4498 on 08/05/2014
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