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Union Thugs Terrorize Michigan Cops’ Pepper Spray Canisters, With Their Faces

Union thugs in Lansing, probably, why not?
“Protestors stormed the Michigan capital yesterday on Thursday, prompting the police to use pepper spray,” says the police stenographer reporter over a video of people walking around in a fairly orderly fashion as they chant hey HEY, ho HO, et cetera cetera, like common terrifying thugs. Sadly, Pepper Spray Cop did not see fit to give any “food product” to the fellows from the Koch Brothers’ “grassroots” Americans for Prosperity, who broadcast old Gipper speeches for the education and benefit of the union president’s brothers.

What IS “right to work,” you might want to know? “Right to work” essentially means that workers do not have to pay union dues even though they are reaping the benefits of union membership. And in all states that have passed Right to Work laws, wages are lower than in non-right to work states.

This, of course, is good for business, and also, for FREEDOM, and for “more and better jobs” and “a more effective Michigan,” so Governor Rick Snyder is going to sign the bill in the next few days, presumably because the Republicans are tired of having political control of Michigan.

[Chicago Tribune / MLive]

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  1. Callyson

    “Protestors stormed the Michigan capital yesterday on Thursday, prompting the police to use pepper spray”

    Since when did the UC Davis cops start training the Michigan ones?

    Also–FFS once again…

  2. Beowoof

    Well there are those masses just complaining again when their legislators just want to make sure they have the right to work for less, with no health care etc.

  3. Callyson

    Also–Wonkette, I know you've got to pay the bills, but *please* stop using those ads whose audio turns on automatically. It's irritating enough at home and it could cause Wonketteers who are sneaking on the site while at work a real problem…

    1. BadKitty904

      Not to mention us students types, logging in at the freekin' liberry when we're S'POSED to be studying…

      1. commiegirl99

        Have you considered having your laptop on mute while you're in the library? It seems like that would be a smart thing to do regardless.

        1. BadKitty904

          Yes, I did, but nothing else I look at makes noise, unless I click it. So, I always forget to turn the sound back on after blocking this stuff.

          I'll just do my homework in the liberry, as I should, and look at Wonkette another time. :0)

        2. AncienReggie

          I have any computer i'm using preset to mute– by not clicking anything with audio on it unless i want to hear some audio and am in an audio-appropriate situation. My user experience, my choice. Dig?

          Marketing works both ways. You can keep drawing people back. Or you can start driving people away. That's your choice.

    2. sewollef

      I've had this conversation with Rebecca over on Trump Towers post…. she's gonna try to reach orbit and nuke the fuckers from space.

      I'm paraphrasing the good lady of course.

      1. Weedlord BonerHitler

        You realize that if she manages to do that she will immediately becoming the RICHEST HUMAN BEING EVAH anaconda everybody will be showering her wiv munniez? You better tell her that, dood, coz I'm too lazy to do anything about it, but I *really* want those fuckers nuked from space. RLY RLY.

    3. commiegirl99

      Dudes, I know there's a fuckton of ads now, but they are NOT supposed to be autoplay. When you see one, you need to click through it so we can get the URL and fire them.

      1. HistoriCat

        It's twue! I emailed one to Rebecca and she emailed her thanks back – I will never be able to close that browser window ever again.

    4. ButthurtWingers2012

      Yes I know they suck…and they are loud an shit too. Like startlingly loud…I second, third, fourth of five hundreth autoplay being disabled on those.

    1. Beowoof

      No the republican governor has done his best to make sure any jobs that were there are done away with.

        1. Guppy

          Oh no, the job of pepper-spray-getter-outer is still a closed union shop under the bill. Michiganders will only have a "right to work" either in packaging or collections.

    2. BerkeleyBear

      Well, there will be, once every union member gets shitcanned. Unfortunately, the jobs will all be at half the wages and you'll have to fight in the Thunderdome to get an interview.

  4. Beowoof

    Wow that Andy guy should be thrown out of the union for being an asshole. Typical selfish type, I want all the benefits of the union and non of the cost, not a surprise he is a republican.

    1. natl_[redacted]_cmdr

      No kidding. He says he doesn't want to have to pay union dues to support his family. Good luck supporting them when they start paying you minimum wage, asshole.

      1. Biel_ze_Bubba

        The teabaggers won't be happy until everybody is working for Wal-Mart wages and (absence of) benefits. And of course, no Obamacare either. What's most pathetic of all is that so many of these dolts are already subsisting at that level; they just want everyone else to join them in trailer park hell.

  5. iburl

    Most of the south had instituted a right to work for all black people until that Illinois liberal Lincoln came along with his union thugs.

      1. sewollef

        Wait, don't we have a Union member named Sherman? Where's he work these days, does he need a job?

    1. Goonemeritus

      They are and the legislation specifically excludes their union and that of firemen. Pretty cynical even for Republicans.

  6. SayItWithWookies

    Dear Governor Snyder — it would be inhumane for me to ask you to die soon, so would you mind if I peed on you now? The list of people's graves I have to pee on isn't getting any shorter, and it would just save me some time.



  7. Tequila Mockingbird

    What’s the big deal? Pepper spray is just a food product. I mean, it’s practically feeding the poor!

  8. hagajim

    Jesus people are just fucking stupid. The corporados have been pushing right to work everywhere they can and every time a state passes this bullshit the unions pretty much disappear, as do the living wage jobs. Just add Michigan to a long list of shitty places to live.

    1. sewollef

      I truly hate being a grammar policeman, but do you mean:

      Jesus[comma] people are fucking stupid….. or,

      Jesus people are fucking stupid.

      Because either premise works for me.

  9. Oblios_Cap

    Rick the Dick strikes again. The GOP may have lost at the national level, but they're still doing their damnedest to destroy things at the state level all over the country.

    1. HistoriCat

      That's right libtards – you have to pay attention to more than just who's running for President! Your state and local races have consequences too.

    1. sewollef


      The phrase, 'Right to Work' is truly Orwellian, since back in the late 1990's, early 2000's in the UK the Right To Work campaign was a pro-union, socialist-led, anti-Thatcher, anti-conservative organisation.

      1. Biel_ze_Bubba

        Funny how the teabaggers borrow so heavily from commie dictator tactics. I fully expect them to try to make "People's Democratic Republic of Michigan" the official state name.

      2. James Michael Curley

        This 'Right To Work' thematic use goes all the way back to the Truman era with the provision in the Taft-Hatley Act which stated a state could elect to pass legislation which prohibited the creation of unions.

  10. elviouslyqueer

    "Right to work" also means that workers can be fired at any time for any reason, and there's little or no recourse.

    Here in the South, we refer to it as "Slavery, Part Deux: Now with Fewer Whippings."

  11. HRH_Maddie

    "We're pepper spraying them over there so we don't have to pepper spray them over here. " USA! USA! USA!

  12. BaldarTFlagass

    I guess the servers are striking in support of the Michiganders. Or maybe it's just their daily afternoon siesta.

  13. BornInATrailer

    Union association, and the dues that come with it, should be voluntary. An organization meant to improve the condition of workers.. yet the workers do not have power over the most important aspect (those union fees) that controls the direction of that union? Ugh. That has always seemed pretty foolish to me. And I seem to be pretty alone here on this one.

    Of course, I also think that the amount of union busting that is allowed is criminal, literally and figuratively. That Wal-Mart has no union is incredible.

    1. savethispatient

      Presumably the workers who pay in get to vote to pick their union representative, etc, so they get some control.
      But I was about to make an equally unpopular point… The UK is basically a "Right to Work" country (thanks Maggie) but at least in the UK there are workers' rights for vacation days, sick days, notice periods for redundancies, etc. These were rights that Unions fought for and are now enshrined in law for everybody, not just union workers. Why have American Unions failed in making similar progress?

    2. Biel_ze_Bubba

      Hey, if Wal-Mart paid union wages and benefits, they'd be all uncompetitive and out of business, just like Costco. Oh wait … hmmm … well, there's got to be some difference. Maybe they wouldn't have obscenely rich owners?

    1. James Michael Curley

      NJ is passing an increase in the minimum wage increase to $8.50 next week but Gov. Chris Crisco is planning to veto it. But NJ also has legislation in effect which bars a union requiring union membership as part of collective bargaining contracts or a requirement of job acceptance. A big box retailer has already tested the waters that when union membership falls below 50% they can have the NLRB revoke certification of the union. They lost.

      1. not that Dewey

        The Albuquerque City Council is considering overturning the minimum wage increase that was just passed by voter referendum last month ($7.50 -> $8.50). Albuquerque is already fairly union-hostile; many industries (such as tv and film studios) that are union anywhere else are not here. But the primary opposition to the increase came from the Restaurant Association, because this law would affect tipped employees, as well. They would suddenly start making more than $2/hr, and THAT WILL NOT STAND. They even formed a PAC with a cute Orwellian name — The Keep Albuquerque Working Coalition.

        It's hopeless, isn't it?

        1. James Michael Curley

          “But the primary opposition to the increase came from the Restaurant Association, because this law would affect tipped employees, as well.”I never had to work in the food service joss but pent some serious time battling this issue while in college.  That was forty years ago.  Although it never seemed to change anything, at least the co-eds were often very thankful.

  14. EatsBabyDingos

    Koch was heard whispering "Pepper spray and ketchup, the 'New Reagan School Lunch' at Che' Guevara Elementary."

  15. local242thug

    as the name implies, i'm a union thug myself because benefits.

    but i'm pretty sure being treated for pepper spray isn't covered. preexisting condition, dontcha know.

      1. local242thug

        well, that, and also, too, eyes full of pepper spray before i went to the hospital… and the broken ribs.

  16. Lionel[redacted]Esq

    It makes me proud to be an American when I see how much Conservatives love democracy and practice it by forcing all their policies through without giving anyone a chance to discuss it and after avoiding talking about it during the election.

  17. An_Outhouse

    Upon reading the comments at that Michigan website, I have concluded that Michigan is populated with old angry white retirees who have a lot of tuime on their hands. Its like Faux Nation over there. I'm glad my daughter finally graduated and got her ass out of MI and into MA where it belongs.

    1. WootInTarnation

      "[…] Michigan is populated with old white retirees on pensions
      and with health care, courtesy of the union 'benefits' and societal expectations of workers' rights that were codified in the post-War years. The expectations of this now-retired generation were set during America's greatest decades of prosperity when clerical or manufacturing workers could afford to buy a house AND feed a family AND see a doctor." FTFY.

      Ah yes, the spoiled generation.

      I visited the Museum of the Middle Class today. You'll never believe this, but that "see a doctor" thing? It was a regular privilege! In the 50s, 60s, and 70s, even into the 80s, a working-class person could see THE SAME doctor many, many times OVER A PERIOD OF DECADES!

      And, check it out, quit laughing… the health insurance that covered those visits would pay for a wife and several kids to see a doctor, too. A different doctor for each of them. Multiple times! Jesus! Take a breath already. You know you can't afford an ER visit.

  18. el_donaldo

    Sigh. Ohio and Wisconsin all over again. Or as I like to say: WI, OH, WI?!

    Now I can add OH MI, which works if you pronounce MI as "me" OR as "my."

  19. PugglesRule

    The Workplace Equity and Fairness Act – I'm sure George Orwell would approve of that designation. *spits*

  20. VodkaGoGo

    Even worse, the legislation is referendum proof, so organizers can get all the petition signatures they can muster and it will still never make it on a ballot. The only way to overturn it will be for Dems to retake the legislature and overturn it themselves which will never happen. This is basically a lost cause even if Snyder gets the boot in 2014.

    1. Negropolis

      Fortunately, you're wrong. This can be supplanted with an initiative. An initiative requires more signatures to get on the ballot, but this would be so easy to get on the ballot. And, I think that's exactly what Dems are going to do along with winning at much as we can in the legislature come 2014, which won't be impossible, as we only need five more seats for a majority.

      The Republicans have TOTALLY screwed themselves with this, and now we don't have to pretend that Rick Snyder is a "moderate" anymore, so I thank him, in a way, for giving us this gift of rage.

      1. VodkaGoGo

        Interesting, I heard on Ed Schultz it was referendum proof. This all came up so fast I'm sure there is a lot of misinformation flying around. I hope you're right.

  21. VodkaGoGo

    Oh, and the commercials running here in support of this aren't calling it right-to-work, they're calling it, I shit you not, "Freedom to Work", because how can you be agin' teh FREEEEEDUMB?

    1. Negropolis

      What's even crazier is that the commercial implores you to "protect collective bargaining", because these wiley motherfuckers are just THAT evil.

      1. VodkaGoGo

        Yeah, I almost crapped myself the first time I saw that, especially since the election was only a month ago. The commercial came on and I said out loud "Wtf is this shit already? Really?" This whole thing, from the intent to the method of passing it to the messaging is some of the most outrageously evil shit I've ever seen from the GOP, and that is a pretty fucking high bar to leap over.

  22. christianmuslin

    Does this mean Mittens will soon be able to refresh those elevator Caddys for Egg for less since he is unemployed.

  23. PuckStopsHere

    I think about the men who died on the bridge in Dearborn–the price that was made to bring the Union to the Ford Motor Co. I hate Rick Snyder. How often did he mention "Right to Work (For Less") during the campaign? That would be zero. How often did he talk about Emergency Managers during the campaign? That would be zero. He's Scott Walker with a better haircut. Fuck him. Fuck him hard.

  24. Spider-Jerk

    What do they mean they don't want to work full-time labor for part-time pay and no benefits? It's almost like they think they're people!

  25. local242thug

    did anyone read the chicago trib's comments section? holy fuckin' bratwurst, batman! it's like a circle-jerking viper's nest of the same 26 semi-retired and/or lazy fat people with children paranoid douchenozzles posting the same vitriolic bullshit about union bosses and terrorism and freedumb over and over and over and over.

    anyone from the "party of hate" who dared to speak up against right-to-work was called a moron, traitor, idiot, retard, etc. ad nauseum also too.

    i think i found the remnants of the greater chicagoland GOP.

  26. ttommyunger

    All in an effort to achieve a more equitable global workforce. Of course, it could be accomplished by raising wages and conditions in Third World Countries to more closely match ours……but that's just silly.

  27. Negropolis

    You forgot the part about how the state police hacks locked the protestors (and the legislators who walked out on this debacle) out of the capitol for five hours until they filed a motion in the local court to have them open the building back up.

    Send Michigan State Police Inspector Gene Adamczyk some love. Asshole Snyder flak.

    Indiana is the only other Great Lakes state and the Northeast that is Right-to-Work. Indy-fuckin'-ana. Thanks, Rick Michigan. Do not even doubt for a second that we will overturn this.

    BTW, there is a big-ass rally planned for Tuesday and a spat of lawsuits to try and slow this thing down. Since they waited so late to do this, even we can even slow this down a few days, we might be able to delay this to the end of the session, and they won't have enough solid votes in the next session of the legislature to pass it.

    That is to say that that is our only hope.

  28. Negropolis

    A bit more background…

    Apparently, the senate majority leader didn't want this brought up, but the Koch Bros. and our very own evil billionaire Dick Devos, threatened a coup if he didn't bring this to the floor, so he folded. Our Speaker is a teabagger looking for revenge – and one who is still under a grand jury investigation for election fraud, so he may not be around much longer, anyway, so this is purely for revenge. He won re-electionn only 51-49% so even if he survives the grand jury somehow, recalling his piggy ass isn't out of the question.

    Rick didn't really want this, but he shows his true colors yet again capitulating to threats from the tea party and Koch money. Plus, a bit of this is revenge for our failed collective bargaining amendment and for overturning his dictatorial "emergency manager" law, which, BTW, he's still pushing.

    The sad thing is that Dems gave this guy the benefit of the doubt even while he was screwing them. Their thought was "at leat he's not Scott Walker." Well, the thing is that he is Scott Walker, he's just too much of a coward to own his shit. And, becuase of his flip-flopping on every controversial issue put before him, he will now gin up a most vigorous challenge from the left…and probably from the right, too.

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