Mark Schauer on Jobs



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

Form unions by card-check instead of secret ballot.

Schauer signed H.R.1409&S.560

Amends the National Labor Relations Act to require the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to certify a bargaining representative without directing an election if a majority of the bargaining unit employees have authorized designation of the representative (card-check) and there is no other individual or labor organization currently certified or recognized as the exclusive representative of any of the employees in the unit.

    Requires that priority be given to any charge that, while employees were seeking representation by a labor organization, an employer:
  1. discharged or otherwise discriminated against an employee to encourage or discourage membership in the labor organization;
  2. threatened to discharge or to otherwise discriminate against an employee in order to interfere with, restrain, or coerce employees in the exercise of guaranteed self-organization or collective bardaining rights; or
  3. engaged in any unfair labor practice that significantly interferes with, restrains, or coerces employees in the exercise of such guaranteed rights.
    Source: Employee Free Choice Act 09-HR1409 on Mar 10, 2009

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