Winning idea for CA GOP: A right-to-work initiative

Dec. 6, 2012

By John Seiler

California Republicans seeking to get back in the game should look to Michigan. The big issue there now is advancing a right-to-work law. Given Michigan’s heavy union representation, especially by the powerful UAW, the issue would seem to be a non-starter. Yet it’s advancing:

“Unions lost big in Michigan in November when voters rejected Proposal 2, Big Labor’s plan to canonize collective bargaining in the state constitution. Now they are facing a backlash with the happy possibility that Michigan could become the 24th right-to-work state.”

Things actually should be more promising in California. In Michigan, the UAW, Teamsters and other unions primarily operate in the private sector. Although they have made inroads in the public sector; and the Michigan Education Association, like the California Teachers Association part of the ultra-powerful National Education Association, has a lot of clout in the Great Lake State.

Private-sector union members actually make things, such as cars and steel. And there’s a voluntary element. If you don’t like the UAW, you don’t have to buy a Ford, Chrysler or GM car. By contrast, with the government unions, which dominate in California, you have no choice except to move. As long as you live in California, you’re their taxpayer/slave.

Just last month, California unions defeated Proposition 32, which would have limited the unions’ ability to lift donations directly from member paychecks. The campaign successfully branded Prop. 32 as benefiting special interests that would have been exempt from the initiative.

Prop. 32 was too complicated — a typical failing of Republican attempts at reform.

Right-to-work

A better idea: Just go directly at the unions by enacting right-to-work laws. That way, union membership would be entirely voluntary. The tyrannical unions couldn’t force anyone to join. The campaign could be advanced as one of freedom for workers.

And the fact is, Californians are sick of the unions running — and ruining — the state. Did the unions just get a supermajority in both houses of the Legislature for their kept Democrats? Yes, but just wait till the Dems bust the budget in a couple of month — blowing all the $6 billion in higher taxes from Proposition 30, and then some.

And wait till the Prop. 30 tax increases — and the Obamacare tax increases, and the Fiscal Cliff tax increases — throw us into another recession.

In Michigan, Democrats once ruled the roost. The last time a Republican won the state’s electoral votes was George H.W. Bush, running on Reagan’s coattails, way back in 1988. Michiganders just voted 54 percent to 45 percent for President Obama, even though Mitt Romney grew up there and his father was governor in the 1960s. (California voted 60-37 for Obama.) Which is another indication of the ineptness of the Romney campaign.

But in Michigan, the governor now is Republican; the state Senate has a 26-12 Republican majority and the state House a 64-46 Republican majority.

Republicans usually come from business backgrounds and like to make “deals,” as they’re trying to do now with Obama over the “fiscal cliff.” But sometimes you have run right at your opponents. In 1981, Reagan jump started his domestic agenda by firing striking air traffic controllers.

Golden State Republicans should remember: No guts, no glory.

 

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  1. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 6 December, 2012, 11:31

    “Right-to-Work” really means “Right to Work for Less”. If you want to live in such a state, AZ is right next door.

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  2. Dyspeptic
    Dyspeptic 6 December, 2012, 12:30

    Wrong SeeSaw. Right-To-Work means the right to contract with an employer as an individual without being forced to join an anti-competitive labor cartel. What is it about you collectivists anyway. You love to scream about the evils of cartels except when it comes to labor cartels, which somehow are sacrosanct despite their thuggish, corrupt, job killing, outsource inducing monopoly power.

    The recent strike by grossly overpaid Longshoreman clerks at L.A./Long Beach harbor is a perfect example of why forced unionism is so economically destructive. Why should a few hundred clerical workers with average compensation packages way over $100,000 per year be allowed to shut down one of the largest port complexes in the world? This is exactly what happens when greedy labor cartels run amok.

    Go learn some Economics 101, really.

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  3. Douglas
    Douglas 6 December, 2012, 13:33

    Yeah. 32 was too complicated. THAT’S the problem. The only reason they made it more complicated is because they tried it twice and were shot down twice.

    225 threw in prohibitions against contributions from “foreign nationals”

    Prop 75 pretended to be for “workers rights” but was funded by the same big business that supported 32 and 226.

    “The campaign could be advanced as one of freedom for workers.”

    In other words, lie to the voters….again.

    I wonder if they will see through it….again.

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  4. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 6 December, 2012, 14:13

    I had Economics, Dys. People who belong to Unions make more than people who don’t belong to unions–pretty simple. I am not a Longshoreman and have never worked in the cargo industry–don’t think anyone who hasn’t can judge, because there is always more to the big picture than we get through the news. I would rather be reading about people who earn decent wages than reading about people who are unemployed.

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  5. Sean Morham
    Sean Morham 6 December, 2012, 15:20

    Right to work also means you do get paid “decent wages” to work in the states discussed. We are talking about jobs, with benefits, paid time off, but not jobs with cushy retirment(but more than likely company matched 401K). Suck it up, cut back on the cable tv, eating out, etc…Invest in housing you can afford. Save, save, save for the future. Good advice in all times.
    See saw, you said Unions make more than those not in. thank-you, that is a fundamental problem with unionized gov t workers, overpaid comparable to the private sector.

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  6. Douglas
    Douglas 6 December, 2012, 15:22

    I saw that as a kid in Illinois, SeeSaw. several industries, including Zenith, before they moved to Mexico, came to our town because we had the magic ingredient: water.

    The non-union companies paid wages and benefits similar to, or better than, the union companies.

    Two reasons: they HAD to, to compete for workers.

    And; they kept their wages higher to avoid workers trying to organize. Why organize if you can get the same wages with NO union dues?

    If the union companies were NOT there, what do you think would happen to the average pay in the community?

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  7. NTHEOC
    NTHEOC 6 December, 2012, 16:09

    Douglas says:
    If the union companies were NOT there, what do you think would happen to the average pay in the community?
    =================================
    GREAT point doug!!! I’ll tell you what would happen, the companies and corp’s would gang rape the workers!! They would love nothing more than to have child labor,sweatshops,and pay a penny per hour!! Heck, many of them already use the sweatshops and child labor factories in bangkok and elsewhere!!!! If you can work for a unionized company then GO FOR IT, or the next best thing is find a job in a union strong state or area. Public or private union!!!!!

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  8. NTHEOC
    NTHEOC 6 December, 2012, 16:12

    John seiler says,
    And the fact is, Californians are sick of the unions running — and ruining — the state.
    =======================
    Is that why californians just shut the door on prop 32!!! Get over it john,YOU LOST!!!!!!!!!

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  9. NTHEOC
    NTHEOC 6 December, 2012, 16:27

    john seiler says,
    Republicans usually come from business backgrounds and like to make “deals,”
    Just go directly at the unions by enacting right-to-work laws.
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    Ya,evil and crooked backdoor deals with scumbags like the koch bros! There are some basic economic facts that should inform any thoughtful discussion of Right to Work legislation. Workers, union or nonunion, make an average of $1,500 less per year in Right to Work states. They are also less likely to have pension or health care benefits!! Right to work would set all Michigan workers back in terms of wages, benefits and safety on the job!! Just how the right wing pigs like it!! These “Right-to-Work” laws just try to thwart the rise of a labor movement that promoted civil rights, women’s rights and economic justice!! Billionaires Charles and David Koch LOVE to fund anti-labor initiatives like these…………

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  10. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 6 December, 2012, 17:43

    I had Economics, Dys. People who belong to Unions make more than people who don’t belong to unions–pretty simple
    ==
    Not at Hostess they don’t 🙂

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  11. B. Jones
    B. Jones 6 December, 2012, 18:44

    Companies are moving out of California by the droves due to high taxes, over regulation, and horrible energy prices. Add the public sector union problems to that and it is understandable why we are known as the Venezuela of North America. Becoming a right-to-work state would be a step in the right direction. Look what it has done for Arkansas and other right to work states.

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  12. NTHEOC
    NTHEOC 6 December, 2012, 19:53

    B jones, look at the housing prices in Arkansas compared to California. If you want a right to work,no benefits,no safety laws,child labor slave work weeks and little pay, then lets start with the greedy fat pig banks and corporations with their high prices and crooked dealings in California. What public sector union problem do we have B jones? Ok, waiting for your idiotic response!

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  13. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 6 December, 2012, 21:46

    What public sector union problem do we have B jones? Ok
    ==

    You’re kiddimg is NTHEOC, you CANNT be serious 🙂

    BVut if ypu are serious, how about comping GED employees more than doctors, or $500 BILLION in unfunded pensions, which WILL take haircuts as they are Ponzi schemes???? Is that a big enough problem for you??

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  14. Gene
    Gene 12 August, 2013, 10:47

    If right to work laws make it on the CA ballot I will vote for it.

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