Thousands of people took to the Michigan Capital in Lansing today as the State Senate took up its lame-duck session rush bill to pass the ALEC pushed “Right to Work” legislation, undoing decades of hard fought victories on behalf of working people.
Estimates of the crowd size ranged from 10-15,000 by 10am, and the Capital itself was shut down when it hit capacity of over 2000.
Having worked in both a “right to work” state and under union membership in a union-friendly state, I’ll take the latter any day of the week. My career has always been in radio. In California, as an AFTRA member, I had protections. I had negotiated vacation, sick leave, and a minimum salary range. My employers could NOT take advantage of me. Plus, I’m vested and now look forward to a pension when I’m old. Thank you AFTRA.
Unfortunately, I now live in Florida a right to work for less state. AFTRA has no jurisdiction here, and as a radio performer, I’ve had no rights. In fact, in one job, I had double the responsibility of my male predecessor but made half the salary. And I had no recourse other than to not take the job.
I’d gladly pay AFTRA dues to have them working on my behalf.
Today on the show, I spoke with FireDogLake‘s news editor David Dayen who last week informed us he’s moving on. As one of my first go-to news sources each morning, I’ll miss his blog. But I’ll let you know where he turns up next.
VIDEO: Charlie Crist tries to convince us he’s a real Democrat. Compare to tweets, video of the “old” Crist.