My only hope is that these Leftist States lead us out of darkness by their example fo what NOT to do:
Michelle Berry runs a private day-care service from her home on the outskirts of this city, the birthplace of General Motors.
Ms. Berry owns her own business—yet the Michigan Department of Human Services claims she is a government employee and union member. The agency thus withholds union dues from the child-care subsidies it sends to her on behalf of her low-income clients. Those dues are funneled to a public-employee union that claims to represent her.
A year ago in December, Ms. Berry and more than 40,000 other home-based day care providers statewide were suddenly informed they were members of Child Care Providers Together Michigan—a union created in 2006 by the United Auto Workers and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. The union had won a certification election conducted by mail under the auspices of the Michigan Employment Relations Commission. In that election only 6,000 day-care providers voted. The pro-labor vote turned out.
This woman, and thousands like her, are putting it on the line every day. They are working. They are sacrificing. They are, in short, DO’ERS. And yet, somehow, the moochers and the looters have arranged a deal in Michigan where these business owners are getting screwed.
I mean, for a sec, just for a bloody second, think about what is going on here. Ms. Berry is the OWNER. And she is supposed to pay into a Union? If there were a union/employer relationship present here, it would be HER that the Union would organize against.
California or Michigan. Michigan or California.
Which one is going to give us the clearest example of what NOT to be?
It’s amazing how disproportionate an influence unions have in this country. Despite their shrinking ranks, they manage to be very effective in buying off politicians. Obama’s presidency is worrisome because of his blatant support of increasing union power. Union power comes at the expense of taxpayers/consumers/shareholders. Why should we subsidize their living expenses? Unions once served a useful purpose but we have so many government bureaucracies and litigation attorneys looking out for worker interests today that unions are no longer about worker rights and all about money. If anything, union power should be rolled back and the free market given some more breathing room.