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Union teachers shut down Michigan school districts to protest right-to-work laws

WDIV News in Detroit reports that so many unionized teachers have called in sick Tuesday that the Taylor and Warren Consolidated Schools districts will be forced to shut down the schools.  The teachers are heading off to Lansing for rallies to protest the state’s new right-to-work laws.

“Lansing authorities are bracing for an onslaught of protesters Tuesday,” reports WDIV.  “They have increased police presence and plan road closings and parking restrictions around the Capitol.”

Besides the army of teachers that care more about union solidarity than educating children, Big Labor has President Obama in its pocket too.  The President delivered an absurd tirade against the right-to-work law:

Obama says right-to-work legislation in Michigan is more about politics than economics. He is criticizing a measure that would prevent requiring non-union employees to financially support unions at their workplace.

Obama received loud applause at the plant when he said we shouldn’t be “taking away your rights to bargain for better wages and working conditions.”

The president says that the right-to-work bills are more about “giving you the right to work for less money.”

“More about politics than economics?”  Well, it’s obviously more about politics than education.  Wisconsin’s unionized teachers did the same thing, back when they were protesting against Governor Scott Walker’s reforms.

Leave it to Obama to falsely characterize the right-to-work bill as an effort to “take away your rights to bargain for better wages and working conditions.”  Have you got any arguments that begin with your being honest, Mr. President?  These reforms are about taking away the power of unions to compel membership and tribute, not outlawing collective bargaining.

And should the President who made 8 percent unemployment into America’s “New Normal” really be spending his time inveighing against policies that create jobs?  What’s more important to economic growth: the “right to work for less money,” or the “right” to get paid for not working?

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