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Local Union President: 'Right-To-Work is an Assault On the Middle Class'

Gabe Solano, president of the United Auto Workers Local 372 in Trenton, said right-to-work legislation is an assault on workers and an assault on the middle class.

Each day union employees at the Chrysler LLC Trenton Engine Plant take a break from the daily grind to shop and eat near the plant at Fort Street and Van Horn Road.

In the process of grabbing lunch or filling up the tank, these employees contribute to the local economy, but Gabe Solano said this could soon be a thing of the past.

Solano, president of the United Auto Workers Local 372 in Trenton, said, if passed, "right-to-work" legislation could have a negative impact on the local economy, including local restaurants.

"Chrysler workers have been good for this community and this community has been good for Chrysler workers," Solano said.

"Right-to-work" legislation was introduced in the state Capitol today by Gov. Rick Snyder in Lansing, according to the Detroit Free Press.

"There has never been a better time in history for people to stand arm-and-arm and fight back the assault on the middle class," Solano said.

Solano said "right-to-work" legislation would make it impossible for people wishing to pursue a career in the automotive industry to make enough money to pay for a middle class lifestyle. He said the auto industry could become similar to major retailers like Walmart, which traditionally have relatively low entry-level wages.

"There are people working at Walmart who are currently on welfare," Solano said. "How can you care for your family on $9 an hour. Those that do, my hat goes off to them."

Solano called the new legislation a "shot back" at the union by Republicans for putting proposal 2 on the ballot in November. Proposal 2 asked voters to amend the Michigan Constitution to address collective bargaining rights, which would have granted public and private employees the constitutional right to organize and bargain collectively through labor unions.

Hundreds of union members and liberal activists stood inside and outside the Capitol Wednesday in protest, as Gov. Rick Snyder and GOP legislative leaders announced fast-track plans to make Michigan the nation’s 24th right-to-work state, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Nate Stemen (Editor) December 06, 2012 at 10:22 PM
How do you respond to a local union president's opinion on right-to-work legislation? -- NS
Tammy December 07, 2012 at 01:03 AM
I think he is right. Michigan could be in some real trouble. I know Downriver will seize to exist.............
Dean Massalsky December 07, 2012 at 07:38 AM
The root problems are, in good work environments, unions are not usually needed. In bad ones, they are. The flip side is, in a union environment, there are always a couple pinheads that wreck it for everyone else by not doing what they are supposed to and hiding behind the union. Having a union is not always a solution, but as the pay goes up and the stakes rise, ala auto industry, the danger of abusing employees rises due to the economy of scale of industry. This legislation appears too put too little power in the hands of employees IF a work environment turns sour. I have little or no trust in Snyder to do what is best for the bulk of the citizens of Michigan. The article points out the example of Walmart, who, as an entity, project their profits based on manipulating workers schedules and advising them to receive public assistance, etc. Walmart (http://goo.gl/U1pgS) is exactly the type of company that will benefit from this legislation. Snyder has proven he is anti-union by coming at the teachers' union every way he can, invoking emergency managers, dissolving contracts under emergency provisions, etc. I see no reason he is doing this with the motive of helping the bulk of Michigan. There is no easy answer. We need is an economy that bridges the working poor into a living wage, and we do not have that right now, but this bill, especially the way the capital handled the protests today (demonstrating contempt for the public and their right to assemble), is a loser.
Lee M Scott Sr December 07, 2012 at 02:52 PM
My name is Lee M Scott Sr. am From local 372 and we need the union Whatever I have to do to stop this please send me a email I been in the Union 20 years And I Support the union
Steven Rzeppa December 07, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Very compelling article here: http://www.freep.com/article/20121206/BUSINESS06/121206083/Economists-say-right-work-states-lower-income-residents-poorer-labor-relations
sine-of-the-times December 08, 2012 at 03:43 AM
From the GOV's mouth ...quote via email to me: "it was propelled to the public policy forefront when unions placed Proposal 2 on the November ballot." He is not for the worker, he is for profits. How does that make you feel? This is vindictive retribution, and hey, we even lost prop 2 to those who thought it would "hurt the constitution" boy were you swindled. He could be a leader and tell everyone to stop. He needs to heal this state. he is responsible for heartache and suffering. There is no shared sacrifice...just sacrifice. COME TO LANSING TUESDAY..no invite needed, drive along !96 until you get there! dress warm, you may be locked out.
c-ya@theballgame December 10, 2012 at 04:38 AM
HOT TIP!! I wonder if the governor can give us any insight as to where Jimmy is buried, since he and all of his cronies want to bury the UAW......he may have some clues that have not been investigated yet. RIP Mr. Hoffa and long live the UAW. Fight for what's yours'.........or they will take it away. That's just my opinion, no facts support that he may know........ I was just connecting some dots... ... .......
c-ya@theballgame December 10, 2012 at 05:29 AM
Thank you for the link, it only reinforces what I've always thought. We are named the Motor City for a reason. Detroit made the industry, and it is what keeps Wayne county and other counties alive and, YES, the UAW is a major part of our survival. If others don't want to be a part of it......go to work at Wal-mart. They are always hiring. I wonder why?
Keith Best December 11, 2012 at 12:53 PM
What is wrong with having a choice? That's what this legislation does. It's time for right-to-work.
c-ya@theballgame December 12, 2012 at 02:47 AM
Everyone has a choice, that is why we live in America. If you don't want to be associated with an Union, do not apply at an Union based company. Similar to compare, don’t apply at a company that does mandatory drug testing if you do drugs and then you won‘t be subject to testing. The Union based companies have fought for the rights of their workers. Why should you or anyone else benefit from their progress if you don’t support them? You don’t have to join, but don’t expect the same pay, benefits, and bargaining that they assist their workers with. Expect what you get from Wal-Mart and then you won’t be disappointed.
c-ya@theballgame December 12, 2012 at 03:34 AM
And I thought Mr. Snyder looked like a nervous sissy during his press conference after he signed it into law. I think the protests opened his eyes and has him a little bit scared as to his political future. He needs to move to Indiana and run for governor there, since he is so impressed with their new legislation. He is a true nerd, that's the only admission that has come out of his mouth that I truly believe. BTW why not read the following article from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gretchen-whitmer/michigan-right-to-work_b_2272250.html That’s a link by a State Senator named Gretchen Whitmer, titled Governor Snyder's True Colors Show in Michigan's Right to Work Battle . Her end conclusion is that he lied.
c-ya@theballgame December 12, 2012 at 04:08 AM
and while your reading the previous link, pick up your local paper which states it devastating....... quoted from the Free Press: The delegation said they were particularly upset by the fact that right-to-work would allow employees to receive all the benefits of union representation, without paying any dues. “The union is required by law to provide equal benefits to every member of that bargaining unit, whether they join or not,” Levin said. “They’re required to provide equal benefits to everyone. We’re not sure he fully, frankly, understood that.” The Michigan delegation said they would continue to push for federal money and projects for the state, but they couldn't predict how other members of Congress might act. "When this national story really breaks, it’s going to make it harder for us to get support from some of our colleagues," Sen. Levin said. A couple of hours after meeting with the delegation, Snyder signaled his continuing support of the right-to-work bills when he tweeted, "Freedom to work is all about creating more and better jobs in Michigan.
Keith Best December 12, 2012 at 01:58 PM
"Union thugs" in action. I bet you didn't see this in the news: http://youtu.be/u_F3oev06i0
sine-of-the-times December 12, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Unfortunately Keith, unless you were there, You wouldn't have known that this was all staged. This guy was taunting the crowd the whole time, looking for an altercation. He finally got what he asked for and you got your FAUX news to spread lies!!! SUCKER! This is no Walter Reuther moment. http://www.eclectablog.com/2012/12/fox-news-steven-crowder-americans-for-prosperity-use-breitbart-style-film-editing-to-show-union-thug-brutality.html
c-ya@theballgame December 14, 2012 at 02:10 AM
I do have an open mind and I do try to educate myself on all aspects of an argument, so I watched your severely edited youfool link. The 18 year old punk was pushing buttons and finally pushed the wrong one for him, the right one for the video. (thank you sine for the Whole Picture). Three arrests were made that day out of over 12,000+ protesters. Can't you hear the guy saying to get out of his face, surprised they didn't edit that too. I guess all of the teachers that were there were being thugs too? Try to keep an open mind and read the links that I posted previously. It isn't your fault that you've been brainwashed.
Harry Pelham December 15, 2012 at 02:49 PM
I am just wondering if this here Big UAW Union Boss Gabe Solano over there at UAW Local-372 has gotten them UAW Big Brew Crews that got caught by Fox News Detroit Undercover Video gotten them rightly back on the job yet at Chrysler's Trenton Engine Plant??? Recently read that the UAW done got those UAW Big Brew Crews over at Chrysler's Jefferson Assembly back with 100% FULL back pay too!!!
Harry Pelham December 15, 2012 at 02:58 PM
YEAH! Sean Hannity already stuck it too this Breitbart Punk for using Sean Hannity's nightly TV show on Fox News to get that PHONY video on the air! I have to give Ole' Hannity credit where credit is due, Hannity had him on his show right back the very next night! Then Hannity stuck it in and broke clean off in this here Andrew Breitbart PUNK Beaucoup Big Time! Yo should have seen that Breitbart Punk go Berserko once he finally realized that Sean Hannity done stuck it in this Punk a-- and broke it clean off didn't even leave a nub sticking out or nothing!!!
Harry Pelham December 15, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Lee, do yo know if them Chrysler Trenton Engine Big Brew Crews have been broght back too work placed back on their job's there yet??? I am just wondering if this here Big UAW Union Boss Gabe Solano over there at UAW Local-372 has gotten them UAW Big Brew Crews that got caught by Fox News Detroit Undercover Video gotten them rightly back on the job yet at Chrysler's Trenton Engine Plant??? Recently read that the UAW done got those UAW Big Brew Crews over at Chrysler's Jefferson Assembly back with 100% FULL back pay too, does anyone know if this is true or not???
Harry Pelham December 15, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Tammy, I too must agree with yo 100% I also would rightly hate to see our Downriver seize to exist...... heh! heh!! heh!!!
c-ya@theballgame December 16, 2012 at 03:35 AM
I don't know Harry, but whatever the case may be..... they do fight for their members wages and seniority, and benefits. Don't let a few folks put a picture on the rest. Most all are on the job, sober, drug free and making a living. And the tax dollars alone benefit our community. Not to mention the local businesses that benefit. Happy Holidays!
Harry Pelham December 16, 2012 at 08:31 PM
c-ya@theballgame, Maybe that's all true and all, but after watching them there Fox News Detroit Undercover Video's. I went right out and bought a Brand New Toyota turns out to be one of the VERY BEST thus far in our 12 NEW Vehicle Purchases over the past 40-years or so for the little woman and I here! Done bought all three of them there so-called Detroit Big-3 Government Motors, Ford and Fiatsler and this here was the very first time we done bought an AMERICAN MADE Japanese brand. Built right here in the USA down yonder there in Georgetown, Kentucky built by Good Decent Hard-working AMERICAN NON-UAW Big Brew Crew Autoworkers down yonder there! I reckon them there NON-UAW Big Brew Crew AMERICAN Autoworkers down yonder there in Kentucky add TAX $$$ and rightly benefit their Communities too down there in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and elsewhere through-out the USA! SEE! I do not live in yo United States of Michigan there, I know yo UAW Big Brew Crew Folks think that yo Michigan is the ONLY State here in the USA! Hate to burst yo UAW Big Brew Crew Bubblerooni but there are 49 other States that constitute the USA! But don't mind none of us other fellow American's in them there other 49 State's, yo just go along now and enjoy yo Blissful little exsistance up there in the United States of MICHIGAN there!!!!
c-ya@theballgame December 16, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Dear Harry, I got me some kin down yonder in KY two!! They’n don’t work for no little feller in Japan and the don‘t drive no Toyota either. Taint fare yo usin all em fistcated words and taint spelling em right. My kin brew shine…..and we like it. It’s made in America and they get to keep the money just fer a making it! Ponder that! And what’s a troll like you a surfing a Michigan website if in you ain’t from round here? Don’t be a callin me when that ole Toyota leaves you a sittin or takes you for a ride that you’n can’t stop. I’ll be a busy drinkin home brew up here in my blissful little “exsistance"
Harry Pelham December 17, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Too Funny! The exact reply I was rightly expecting from one of them thar UAW Big Brew Crew members up thar in the United States of Michigan like fer real!!! I reckon ain't rightly NO use in a carrying on this har conversation much further! Because I was done rightly bern and rised up thar in the United States of Michigan and I knows ain't NO reasoning with them thar Kin-folk up thar fer nothin! So I'll just say bye not good-bye but just plain ole' back in the hollar "BYE"
c-ya@theballgame December 17, 2012 at 04:44 AM
You reckoned right Harry, there ain't no use. Grandpappy done spoke.......and he told me to tell you Happy Hollardays....as I told him he can't post any more while he is here visiting. He just said a plain ole in the hollar "Bye" but then he added that his kin are Union,..... and that they get the holiday off and get to drink twice as much on a holiday.....for free! "BYE".

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