Although it’s pretty much a sure thing that Michigan will pass right-to-work legislation that prohibits unions from collecting fees from nonunion workers, pro-union activists are turning out in droves to fight the bill with everything they have.
And things are starting to heat up.
For instance, the following video shows peaceful Tea Partiers on the State Capitol building steps getting shouted down by a handful of angry union demonstrators [via Breitbart]:
“Hundreds streamed into the state Capitol at 7:30 a.m. when the Michigan State Police opened its doors to protesters who had been standing in line as early as 5:30 a.m.,” the Detroit News reports.
The State Capitol building has attracted both supporters and opponents of the bill.
“I left at about 7 o’clock last night, and I haven’t been to bed yet,” pro-right-to-work Keith Almli, who drove all night to get to the state building, told the Detroit News.
Another pro-right-to-work supporter voiced his opinion.
“Why should a person be a slave to unions because he or she wants to work,” asked Don Peterson, 73, of Williamston, Mich. “People should have the right to work without having to pay union dues.”
Eddie Nyhus, on the other hand, fiercely opposed the legislation.
“Without the union, you’re nothing but a slave,” said Nyhus.
Shunya Cleveland sided with Nyhus
“I’ve supported the Detroit Federation of Teachers, UAW, Uniroyal and now AFSCME,” said Cleveland. “This is just wrong. Isn’t that our building up there in Lansing? Don’t we support it with our tax dollars? We are going to throw barricades around that building.
“I’m going to jail today!”
As the day has progressed, it seems that words have become more heated, and insults more pointed:
Oh, and then there’s this:
“We are going to undo 100 years of labor relations. And there will be blood. We will relive the Battle of the Overpass.” -Geiss #SaveMI
— MI House Democrats (@MIHouseDems) December 11, 2012
UPDATE – According to the multiple Twitter users, the following videos show a group of alleged pro-union activists tearing down what appears to be a tent owned by Americans for Prosperity, a group that supports right-to-work legislation [warning: coarse language]:
Here’s a photo of the remains of the AFP tent [via the Detroit Free Press’ Kathy Gray]:
Stay tuned for more updates.
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