As the Michigan legislature finalized plans to make Michigan a right-to-work state, and Governor Rick Snyder prepared to sign it into law, thousands of union protesters gathered in Lansing. They brought their most thought out and reasonable and civil debate points with them, right?
Yeah right. They did what unions usually do when you ask them to explain why they believe workers should be forced to join. They use their fists.
Watch one of them attack conservative comic Steven Crowder. Another brave union thug even comes back, grabs his collar from behind and sucker punches him. Finally, the thugs tear down the AFP tent and collapse it while there are still people in it, including women and children.
Unions do not have a monopoly on the public space in Lansing. AFP had as much right to demonstrate there as the unions did.
Earlier in the day, Democrat Michigan legislator Doug Geiss promised that "There will be blood". As of this writing, neither he nor the unions have apologized for the violence they encouraged and perpetrated against Crowder and AFP.
Here in Ohio, Ted Strickland said he "stands in solidarity" with these goons. And union front group "We Are Ohio" have been pumping out propaganda like comparing the end of forced unionism with the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
As I write this, Governor Snyder has signed the bill into law. That's now two of our neighboring states that no longer force workers to join unions. It's time for Ohio to join the RTW club.
Unfortunately, Ohio legislators screwed the pooch last year. While we supported the reforms in Senate Bill 5, the bill was poorly executed and overcomplicated. We would have been much better off if they had passed a bill like Michigan's. It still would have gone to referendum. But as I stated over a year ago, it would be much easier to defend a simple "Right to Work" bill than SB5 was.
Calls for the legislature and Governor Kasich to pass similar legislation are ill-advised. That well is poisoned. This time, it will be up to us. We got healthcare freedom on the ballot and passed it overwhelmingly. We can do the same to stop forced unionism. Visit Ohioans for Workplace Freedom and sign up to collect petition signatures and contribute to the cause.
I expect and hope that Ohio's Tea Party movement will be getting heavily involved with this very soon. We'll keep you updated.