Labor, Michigan Republicans, Republican-Fail, unions — January 18, 2012 at 7:56 am

Michigan Republicans move to make illegal strikes illegal(er)


It’s a good thing we don’t have any real problems in the state of Michigan. The fantastic shape we’re in and the abundance of jobs gives Republicans the opportunity to work on things like THIS.

A package of Republican bills in the state Legislature would boost penalties for public workers who go on strike. The legislation would also let employers sue striking workers who get in the way of their businesses, and make it more complicated for unions to get dues deducted from employee paychecks.

The state House Oversight, Reform, and Ethics Committee opened hearings on the package today.

“It’s just to give clarity,” said Rep. Tom McMillin (R-Auburn Hills), who chairs the committee. “Strikes that are illegal are really illegal. We’ve seen people try to get to the gray areas and we’re trying to reduce the gray and make it as black and white as we can.”

There you have it. Michigan Republicans: making illegal strikes illegaler. Just like they did when they passed legislation to make illegal abortions illegaler.

This year is going to suck.