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Posted on Sat, Dec 8, 2012 : 3:10 p.m.

Rally on U-M campus turns in to right-to-work protest

By Cole Bertsos

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A rally on Friday at the University of Michigan for the U-M's Lecturers Employee Organization went from focusing on the pay gap between different faculty members to a right-to-work protest and organizational meeting, according to a Detroit Free Press story.

The 35 members of the LEO, along with the Graduate Employee Organization, had met on campus to begin negotiations between LEO and U-M regarding a new contract. The Free Press reported speakers began pointing out what they called attacks on unions..

After the talks, organizers encouraged everyone there to go to Lansing at 9 a.m. Tuesday to further protest the right-to-work legislation.

You can read the full report here.



Sun, Dec 9, 2012 : 8:28 p.m.

I'm not very pro-union, but I find a lot of these anti-union rants to be kind of shrill and off-target. I realize I'm lucky to be working for an honest, generous, progressive boss. (In TEXAS!, LoL)


Sun, Dec 9, 2012 : 3:07 p.m.

Thats' Right! How dare these people gather in a public place and practice their freedom of association! So Un-American! How dare they want to have better lives, who do they think they are? They should just shut up and take what is offered and LIKE IT! Clearly having well paid jobs does not create jobs anywhere else, there is no historical evidence to support such reasoning. Except for the latter half of the 20th century, but other than that...

John B

Sun, Dec 9, 2012 : 12:47 p.m.

I find it ironic unions are pro choice except when it comes to union dues.

Unusual Suspect

Sun, Dec 9, 2012 : 6:43 p.m.

One can also choose to live in a state the doesn't have workplace freedom.


Sun, Dec 9, 2012 : 3:30 p.m.

One can vote to de-certify the union, majority rules. One can choose to work in a union or non-union shop. One can choose run for union rep and effect the rules and regulations of the union and shop, including where the donations go. One can choose to not take the union wages and benefits, giving them back to the employer, probably end up being more then the union dues (how many people do you see doing that because they hate the union and the benefits?) Or one can choose to be a Free Rider and take the money without paying for the people that negotiated that good wage.

K2 from A2

Sun, Dec 9, 2012 : 12:19 p.m.

So what's wrong with choice? If you want to be in the union, then join. If you don't, then don't. It's about time that people had a choice.


Sun, Dec 9, 2012 : 4:20 p.m.

People have always had a choice. You can join a union shop, and not join their union. This is a fact. The unfair part is that those who don't join the union still get the benefits and wages that the union negotiated for its members.


Sun, Dec 9, 2012 : 11:51 a.m.

I'd bet a lot of these pro union people here ( including all the thumbs downers ) are the some ones who complain about the pay and benefits of Teachers,Police , Firefighters and other public employees.In other words " unions are great.Just as long it's not on my dime "


Sun, Dec 9, 2012 : 10:11 p.m. are becoming more of a joke everyday


Sun, Dec 9, 2012 : 3:03 p.m.

Or not. If you could show some evidence of that it would be interesting. Note how the new law (passed in the night with almost no debate) does not include police and firefighters. Wonder why that is?


Sun, Dec 9, 2012 : 5:37 a.m.

Why don't these whiners look for a better paying job or figure out what they can do to be a more valuable employee instead of more overpaid union Member.


Sun, Dec 9, 2012 : 2:57 p.m.

Damn straight. People who work in certain jobs ought be treated like chattel. Let's start with the folks who work in cotton and tobacco fields.


Sun, Dec 9, 2012 : 7:23 a.m.

Yeah stop taking weekends off, work more than a measly 8 hours, and stop asking for a raise. We all need to bend over and take one for our impoverished executives!


Sun, Dec 9, 2012 : 6:28 a.m.

Thats right be a better employee and get a big raise at Walmart! I worked at the Ford Rouge and all but a few of those Union workers worked their tails off. Some of the jobs were ugly, but the pay was good and the employees worked hard. I saw a guy lose his hand in a fender press because he was trying hard to make production with a faulty press. No one made him do this, he did it because he was a hard worker.


Sun, Dec 9, 2012 : 12:25 a.m.

Kill the unions.


Sun, Dec 9, 2012 : 8:26 p.m.

No historical context allowed on

Milton Shift

Sun, Dec 9, 2012 : 7:50 a.m.

Kill exploitation.


Sun, Dec 9, 2012 : 1:46 a.m.

Violent delusional conservatives.

tom swift jr.

Sun, Dec 9, 2012 : 1:29 a.m.

So, if we threaten to murder people here at, it's all OK? nice....


Sat, Dec 8, 2012 : 9:28 p.m.

I assume everyone had Friday off. And also this coming Tuesday? I have applied for many union jobs in my life but couldn't get hired because I didn't know anyone in the union.


Sat, Dec 8, 2012 : 9:04 p.m.

all i an say is wait until Nov 2014. more stuff coming from the state republican control senate.


Tue, Dec 11, 2012 : 4:54 p.m.

Yes, let's all hope they keep up the good work!

Unusual Suspect

Sat, Dec 8, 2012 : 8:35 p.m.

Get back to work,.


Sat, Dec 8, 2012 : 10:10 p.m.

sh1, the rally was yesterday (as in Friday). The next rally is Tuesday. Funny how these things don't get scheduled on weekends, isn't it?


Sat, Dec 8, 2012 : 9:24 p.m.

That's right. It's Saturday.


Sat, Dec 8, 2012 : 8:31 p.m.

turns into


Sat, Dec 8, 2012 : 8:19 p.m.

The university system is another area that needs to be looked at closely.................


Sun, Dec 9, 2012 : 5:04 p.m.

Dear Leader armyman? You mean Obama?


Sun, Dec 9, 2012 : 1:41 a.m.

Yeah, thats right! Keep the people from education, they might learn how to think for themselves!


Sat, Dec 8, 2012 : 10:59 p.m.

. . . because anyone who dare speak up against our Dear Leader must incur his wrath. How North Korean.