Barack Obama, Labor, Michigan — December 6, 2012 at 7:30 pm

President Obama weighs in on Michigan’s Right to Work for Less attack on unions


Stuff just got real

[President Obama at a 2011 Labor Day rally in Detroit. Photo by Anne C. Savage, used with permission.]

President Obama has weighed in on the Republican push to destroy unions in Michigan:

Sen. Morris Hood III, D-Detroit, referenced the fact that President Barack Obama opposes the measure as he spoke on why he will vote no on the bill.

Hood read a statement from White House spokesman Matt Lehrich:

“President Obama has long opposed so-called ‘right to work’ laws and he continues to oppose them now. The President believes our economy is stronger when workers get good wages and good benefits, and he opposes attempts to roll back their rights. Michigan – and its workers’ role in the revival of the US automobile industry — is a prime example of how unions have helped build a strong middle class and a strong American economy.”

Considering that President Obama said nearly nothing during the anti-union war in Wisconsin last year, this is huge.

Thank you, President Obama.

  • If unions are such a great deal for workers, then why do the unions have special privileges like deducting dues directly from pay checks or forcing non-member to support it?

    • Phil Perspective

      If these bills are so great, why do they have to pass with no debate and under the cover of darkness?

  • shivabeach

    Ah Michigan. Going the way of the rest of the lowest paid right to work states. Lowest pay, least benefits. Nothing like it is there Michigan? You voted these people in, now you fix it

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  • alan2102

    Yes. Thank you, President Obama.
    Weekend Edition November 9-11, 2012
    The Meaning of Obama’s Win
    By Their Fruits Ye Shall Know Them
    Obama’s two presidential victories represent an object lesson about how the 1% managed to avoid rescuing the economy – and especially his own constituency – from today’s rush of wealth to the top. Future political annalists will see this delivery of his voters to his Wall Street campaign contributors control as his historical role. In the face of overwhelming voter opposition to the Bush-Cheney policies, the President has averted popular demands to save the economy from the 1%. Instead of sponsoring the hope and change he promised by confronting Wall Street, the pharmaceutical and health care monopolies, the military-industrial complex and big oil and gas, he has appeased them as if There is No Alternative.
    The neoliberals whom he appointed as a majority on the Simpson-Bowles Commission already have inflated their trial balloon claiming that the government must balance the budget by slashing Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, not by restoring progressive taxation. My UMKC colleague Bill Black calls this the Great Betrayal. “Only a Democrat can make it politically safe for Republicans who hate the safety net to unravel it” he notes.[1]
    Weekend Edition December 7-9, 2012
    Austerity, Obama-Style
    The Plutocrats and the Placeholder President
    by ROB URIE
    The moment when the New Deal as we knew it became history by bi-partisan consensus was a long time coming. A trans-generational core of inherited wealth and right-wing cranks has been trying to undo the New Deal since Social Security became fact in 1935. ….
    Democrats first joined the effort in earnest with Bill Clinton’s plan to partially privatize Social Security. The idea was to let our good friends on Wall Street manage a bit of the money for us, for a fee of course. That proposal faltered when Mr. Clinton was impeached. As was the fashion in European Central Bank circles in 2009, Mr. Obama took up the torch of fiscal austerity of his own initiative by creating his very own deficit commission. This should have come as no surprise to anyone paying attention—Mr. Obama publicly stated his intention to ‘fix’ Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid when he allied himself with the Wall Street friendly ‘Hamilton Project’ in 2006.
    (In Between Democrats Clinton and Obama came Republican George W. Bush who also tried to partially privatize Social Security. Mr. Bush quickly retreated when he saw the depth of political opposition to the effort. As the saying goes, it takes a Democrat to gut the New Deal).
    For the uninitiated, the Hamilton Project is the demon spawn of the Clintonite contingent of the Democratic Party led by former Treasury Secretary and disgraced Citicorp Board member Robert Rubin. The kindest take on the Wall Street lootocracy populating the organization is that they don’t know how money is created (the U.S. has a fiat currency), making them morons. The less kind take is that their greed has no limits. Whichever is more applicable (neither is mutually exclusive), if one group of Wall Street politicos bears responsibility for the economic catastrophe that an unregulated Wall Street has visited upon the world in recent years, the Hamilton Project is it.

  • alan2102
    November 21, 2012
    To All the Mewling, Itty-Bitty Pissants
    Arthur Silber
    Obama and his fellow criminals in Washington doubtless will enjoy a festive holiday season, secure in the knowledge that whatever future brutalization and depredation of the lives of “ordinary” Americans they plan — the large-scale destruction of Social Security, Medicare, and every other remnant of a safety net that still exists, the vast expansion of the surveillance and police state, the enlargement of the Murder Program abroad — the liberals and progressives will offer no resistance beyond brief, muted murmurs of mild displeasure. “Oh, dear,” they will say and write, “is this really the best we can do?” Then Obama and other leading Democrats will tell them once more that they must remember to be “practical,” that times are tough and difficult choices must be made. Besides, remember how awful those obstructionist Republicans are! Reassured that none of it can be helped — it’s not as if anyone they care about, anyone on their side, can actually be blamed or held responsible — the liberals and progressives will go along with the dismantling and eventual destruction of everything that makes a decent mode of living possible.