Comedy Central Material? President Obama says "Look at Michigan to See How Unions Built America's Middle Class"
CNSNews.com reports "Speaking at the Daimler Detroit Diesel Plant in Redford, Mich., on Monday, President Barack Obama lashed out at the Michigan legislature, which is preparing to pass a right-to-work law, and declared that Americans only needed to look at Michigan if they wanted to see how unions helped build the middle class.
"These so called right to work laws, they don't have to do with economics," Obama said. "They have everything to do with politics.
"What they're really talking about is giving you the right to work for less money," said Obama. "You only have to look to Michigan where workers were instrumental in reviving the auto industry to see how unions have helped build not just a stronger middle class but a stronger America."
Unemployment in Michigan was 9.1 percent in October, and there's talk about Detroit, Michigan's largest city, going bankrupt. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder recently told the Detroit Free Press that his staff has begun reviewing municipal bankruptcies in other states.
The Michigan right-to-work proposal would make union dues and membership voluntary for private sector unions and most public sector unions. Police and firefighters are the exception.