KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- A few dozen protestors appeared outside State Senator Tonya Schuitmaker’s Kalamazoo office yesterday to express their opposition to her support for the right to work legislation due for a final vote on Tuesday.
They also blamed Governor Snyder, holding signs that read “one Term Nerd”. They left a symbolic lump of Coal at Schuitmaker’s office.Many of them plan to travel to Lansing tomorrow to join the protests there.
Union workers from across the state of Michigan are still rallying to stop right-to-work legislation from taking effect, although that train may have left the station.
From a large group meeting at a union hall in Dearborn to a small group that met inside the Sterling Heights Chamber of Commerce, to the protest in downtown Kalamazoo, rallies took place all across the state on Sunday.
Republican Speaker Jase Bolger says enactment of the law will attract jobs to Michigan. But UAW President Bob King says the reason they oppose it is because Right to work is wrong and unfair. He says the attraction will be because developers will know they will be free to pay less & offer fewer benefits, and who wants that.
Labor groups staged civil disobedience training this weekend in Dearborn in anticipation of tomorrow’s protests at the State Capitol.
They anticipate as many as 5,000 turning out for the demonstrations.
Security remains tight at the state capitol in anticipation of Tuesday's scheduled vote on the state's right to work legislation. Numerous threats have been received as debate heats up between union supporters and supporters of the new legislation. Michigan State Police have not said what the nature of the threats are, but do say they along with other police agencies will be patrolling the capitol around the clock.