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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.

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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