State of Michigan Archives: on Jobs


Rick Snyder: MAT2: Michigan Advanced Technician Training for skills gap

Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Michigan legislature Jan 16, 2014

Gary Peters: Extend jobless benefit for long-term unemployed

The top candidates vying to become Michigan's next US senator agreed that jobless benefits should be renewed for 1.3 million long-term unemployed, including 43,000 state residents affected when the program expired late last month.

For weeks, Democratic US Rep. Gary Peters had already been calling for an extension of benefits that expired Dec. 28.

Then before White House-backed legislation to restore the benefits unexpectedly cleared a hurdle in the Senate on Tuesday, Republican Terri Lynn Land said she supports the bill. Her stance puts her at odds with Republicans in Congress and conservative organizations that say an extension is ineffective and wasteful.

The unemployment bill would restore benefits averaging $256 weekly to an estimated 1.3 million long-term jobless, including 86,000 in Michigan. Peters said on his Facebook page Tuesday that "extending unemployment insurance is an investment with a proven economic return, and it is the right thing to do for Michigan families."

Source: Mining Gazette on 2014 Michigan Senate race Jan 7, 2014

Terri Lynn Land: Extend jobless benefit for long-term unemployed seeking work

The top candidates vying to become Michigan's next US senator agreed that jobless benefits should be renewed for 1.3 million long-term unemployed, including 43,000 state residents affected when the program expired late last month.

For weeks, Democratic US Rep. Gary Peters had already been calling for an extension of benefits that expired Dec. 28. Then before White House-backed legislation to restore the benefits unexpectedly cleared a hurdle in the Senate on Tuesday, Republican Terri Lynn Land said she supports the bill.

Her stance puts her at odds with Republicans in Congress and conservative organizations that say an extension is ineffective and wasteful. "I support an extension of the federal benefits to those actively seeking gainful employment, but what we really need are pro-growth policies that create jobs so that the victims of the Obama economy can finally regain their independence and dignity with a good-paying job," Land said.

Source: Mining Gazette on 2014 Michigan Senate race Jan 7, 2014

Mark Schauer: Opposes right-to-work law; protested on Capitol lawn

Snyder unceremoniously signed a law one year ago making the organized labor bastion of Michigan a right-to-work state. The law went into effect on March 28, so it is too early to calculate its effect on statistics for union membership statewide and dues collections by Michigan unions. But it has reinvigorated labor and Democratic opposition to Snyder. The national AFL-CIO said it was targeting six Republican governors, including Snyder, for defeat in the 2014 election.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer has signaled he will use Snyder's signing of the right-to-work law and the plight of Detroit pensioners to paint the governor as a friend of big banks and unconcerned about working-class people. Schauer said, "The public has figured out he's just another political figure trying to satisfy his political friends." Schauer was among the labor activists pepper-sprayed by police during a Capitol lawn demonstration as lawmakers were passing the right-to-work bill.

Source: The Detroit News on 2014 Michigan Governor race Dec 11, 2013

Rick Snyder: Quietly signed law making Michigan a right-to-work state

As thousands of union members protested outside his office building, Snyder unceremoniously signed a law one year ago making the organized labor bastion of Michigan a right-to-work state.

When Snyder backed the law making workplace union membership optional after long saying the contentious issue was not on his agenda, it reshaped his persona as an apolitical chief executive focused on fixing the state's problems. But the Republican governor's supporters say the fervor of right-to-work was overblown by Democrats and their union allies who stand to lose the most from a prohibition of compulsory union dues.

The law went into effect on March 28, so it is too early to calculate its effect on statistics for union membership statewide and dues collections by Michigan unions. But it has reinvigorated labor and Democratic opposition to Snyder. The Snyder administration has argued the governor is staying focused on creating an environment for more and better jobs.

Source: The Detroit News on 2014 Michigan Governor race Dec 11, 2013

Rick Snyder: Extend unemployment benefits; plan for future

About 35,000 Michigan residents will continue receiving extended unemployment benefits under new legislation.

These benefits are a lifeline for many Michigan families who are struggling. Cutting them off so abruptly would have jeopardized the well-bein of those who are trying hard to find work. Now we must renew our focus on improving Michigan's economic climate. We will continue driving forward with our job-creating reforms so that fewer people need to rely on unemployment benefits.

Source: Michigan 2011 gubernatorial press release, #253317 Mar 28, 2011

Duncan Hunter: Unions built the middle class

Q: Are unions good for America?

HUNTER: A union is a receptacle of power, just like management. But those folks love this country, they love their family, and they helped to build a middle class, which has been important for America and for our party. We need to work with unions to win this presidency.

ROMNEY: There are some good unions and some not so good.

Q: Can you name a few “good” unions?

HUNTER: I can tell you a good union, the Steel Workers Union. When last year we had a strike in a Kansas plant that made the tires for our humvees, I called up the president of the Steelworkers and the president of Goodyear, and within a very short period of time, they were working together, they got that thing done for the good of the country.

Source: 2007 Republican debate in Dearborn, Michigan Oct 9, 2007

Fred Thompson: In a dynamic economy, some jobs lost and some gained

Q: In the kind of dynamic economy you favor, lots of new jobs are created, but a lot of jobs are lost, as well. What would you do to help those that lose jobs?

A: Well, in a dynamic economy, there are jobs lost and there are jobs gained. And so far, there have been more jobs gained. To put up barriers and say that so-and-so cannot lose a job would be the wrong thing to do in a free-market economy that’s been so well for us. It’s made us the most prosperous nation in the history of the world.

Source: 2007 Republican debate in Dearborn, Michigan Oct 9, 2007

Fred Thompson: Don’t use union dues for political purposes

Q: Are unions good for America?

A: I don’t have to pretend that I’m a union member because I have been a union member some time--the Screen Actors Guild still counts, doesn’t it?

Q: Yes, sir.

A: No, I believe in the rights of workers to band together for their own purposes, no question about that. I do not believe a person ought to have to be a member of the union to work. I do not believe that union bosses ought to use union dues for political purposes that their members don’t necessarily agree with, and I do not agree with them denying union members a secret ballot. But other than that, I think that they’ve done a lot of good over the years for this country and will continue to do so.

Source: 2007 Republican debate in Dearborn, Michigan Oct 9, 2007

John McCain: Unions are monopolies; don’t compel people to join

Q: Are unions good for America?

A: I think the unions have played a very important role in the history of this country to improve the plight and conditions of laboring Americans. I think that like many other monopolies, in some cases they have then serious excesses. I come from a right-to-work state. If someone wants to join a union in my state, they’re free to do so, but they are not compelled to do so. I think the key to unions is that any American has the right and privilege to join a union but should never be forced to do so. And this latest ploy of the Democrats of signing people up in the most willy-nilly fashion is something that needs to be rejected, because it will not protect the rights of workers who do not wish to join a union.

Source: 2007 Republican debate in Dearborn, Michigan Oct 9, 2007

Mike Huckabee: Unions more prominent to fight high CEO salaries

Q: Are unions good for America?

A: The real fact is, unions are going to take a more prominent role in the future for one simple reason: A lot of American workers are finding that their wages continue to get strapped lower and lower while CEO salaries are higher and higher. And the reality is that when you have the average CEO salary 500 times the average worker, and you have the hedge fund manager making 2,200 times that of the average worker, you’re going to create a level of discontent that’s going to create a huge appetite for unions. So unions are the natural result of workers finally saying, “Look, I can’t go from a $70,000-a-year job to a $15,000-a-year job and feed by family of four.” That’s when unions are going to come back in roaring form.

Source: 2007 Republican debate in Dearborn, Michigan Oct 9, 2007

Mitt Romney: I believe in domestic supports for our agriculture industry

Q: We subsidized farmers to the tune of $26 billion last year.

A: I believe in domestic supports for our agriculture industry. I don’t want to see our food supply be in the same kind of a jeopardy situation that our energy supply is in. And clearly there’s a responsibility of government to make sure that our farmers are treated on the same basis as farmers in Europe & other markets that we compete with. The WTO talks [may] find a way to bring down subsidies around the world, & that’ll be good news.

Source: 2007 Republican debate in Dearborn, Michigan Oct 9, 2007

Mitt Romney: Good unions train members; bad unions hurt their company

Q: Are unions good for America?

A: There are some good unions and some not so good. The good ones are those that say, “How can we do a better and better job helping our members have better and better skills.”

Q: Can you name a few “good” unions?

A: Yeah, like the Carpenters Union, for instance, does a great job training their members and making them more effective and more efficient, and they get higher compensation as a result of it. There are also bad unions. I’m probably not going to name specific bad unions, but there are bad unions as well, which go too far and who forget that in order for them to be successful, the enterprise that they’re involved with has to also be successful.

Source: 2007 Republican debate in Dearborn, Michigan Oct 9, 2007

Ron Paul: Right to organize; but no special benefits for unions

Q: Are unions good for America?

A: The right to unionize should be a basic right of any group. You should be able to organize. You should have no privileges, no special benefits legislated to benefit the unions, but you should never deny any working group to organize and negotiate for the best set of standards of working conditions.

Source: 2007 Republican debate in Dearborn, Michigan Oct 9, 2007

Rudy Giuliani: Vibrant unions good; but compelling membership bad

Q: Are unions good for America?

GIULIANI: Sure, I think unions have made a positive contribution. My grandmother was an early member of the United Ladies Garment Workers Union, and I don’t know that our family would have gotten out of poverty without that. But the reality is that there are good unions, and there are bad unions. Our free economy is like that.

McCAIN: I come from a right-to-work state. If someone wants to join a union in my state, they’re free to do so, but they are not compelled to do so.

GIULIANI: You know, the UAW reached a very responsible pact the other day. I don’t know that you could have gotten a solution like that if you didn’t have a vibrant union. But there are ones that aren’t good unions, and I think the senator is correct -- people should have a right to either belong to a union or not.

Source: 2007 Republican debate in Dearborn, Michigan Oct 9, 2007

Sam Brownback: Unions do good, but need effective oversight

Q: Are unions good for America?

A: Sure. They’ve been good for the United States, I think, historically. My mother was a union member. It helped her on health care. There can be abuses, and I think you’re seeing some of them taking place. And I think the government has to work aggressively to see that those don’t take place and that there is effective oversight, which I don’t think you see during a Democrat administration. I think that is good for union members to have that effective oversight.

Source: 2007 Republican debate in Dearborn, Michigan Oct 9, 2007

Tom Tancredo: Union conflict is creative, but shouldn’t influence policy

Q: Are unions good for America?

A: The creative conflict that occurs between unions and management is usually a good thing. When unions, I think, get off track is when they start to influence public policy, especially with regard to allowing illegal immigration into the country, because they want to fill up their ranks. That’s why they can be problematic.

Source: 2007 Republican debate in Dearborn, Michigan Oct 9, 2007

Debbie Stabenow: President should meet with Big 3 Automakers

Q: What is it going to take to get the Big 3 Automakers going again?

STABENOW: We need a president who’s going to sit down with the automakers. This president can’t come up with 30 minutes to sit down with them. We’ve got to get healthcare costs off the back of business. We’ve got to protect pensions, and race like crazy for innovation. We make and grow things in America. That’s what its going to take. We’ve got to fight for those jobs here.

BOUCHARD: She says one thing and does another here. She’s a 18% rating from the Manufacturers Association, I won’t vote to raise taxes, or cut jobs. I’m a small business owner. We need someone who gets it and does results.

Source: 2006 Michigan Senate Debate in Grand Rapids Oct 15, 2006

Mike Bouchard: Big 3 Automakers need tax cuts so no job cuts

Q: What is it going to take to get the Big 3 Automakers going again?

STABENOW: We need a president who’s going to sit down with the automakers. This president can’t come up with 30 minutes to sit down with them. We’ve got to get healthcare costs off the back of business. We’ve got to protect pensions, and race like crazy for innovation. We make and grow things in America. That’s what its going to take. We’ve got to fight for those jobs here.

BOUCHARD: She says one thing and does another here. She’s a 18% rating from the Manufacturers Association, I won’t vote to raise taxes, or cut jobs. I’m a small business owner. We need someone who gets it and does results.

Source: 2006 Michigan Senate Debate in Grand Rapids, x-ref Stabenow Oct 15, 2006

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