Tempers flare as union members get physical
Michigan lawmakers pass new labor rules
- Duration 12:07
- Date Dec 11, 2012
Michigan lawmakers pass new labor rules
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This is a Fox News alert violent protests dominated the Statehouse in Michigan throughout the day tens of thousands gathered tempers flared.
Here are some of the dramatic sights and sounds from a critical day.
In the future of unionized labor in America.
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My message leave us alone.
Are you resistant.
But this is probably the most dramatic Fox News contributor getting sucker punched by union thugs watch you -- and -- Nobody can.
So why so much anger why the threats the answer is simply this collective bargaining experiment in America's over.
And the unions are finished at a whopping 20% of its workforce Michigan is one of the most unionized states in America.
It's no coincidence that Michigan has also.
-- 46 worst states.
In unemployment he knows the unions know what's happening they -- their demise is imminent and they're fighting to the bitter and it won't matter.
Governor -- doing what's best for his state at nine point 1% unemployment and -- broke Michigan.
Is simply out.
Of options I would go to great for -- but I'm listen to Bob ball and -- it off.
-- -- -- What I mean it's just -- -- first of -- to say that the collective bargaining era is over collective bargaining brought every worker in this country.
The benefits that they would not otherwise have had -- you and you can -- government strike line and get it from from five day work week.
You paid vacations to child labor -- been in acts of kids would working on safe environment.
All those things these guys can thank unions for.
And the idea this is an experiment some adults and its parent.
This was a basic part of the American labor movement and it's being crushed by this guy is governor in this Republican legislature.
-- some thousand bacteria I have to say after about deeply.
24 states in unison as Governor Snyder signs that that document into -- what of course that serves that to work states yet what I.
I it's amazing to me that employers can force new workers to actually join a union.
I that's like the Yankees forcing rookie pitchers to spot the Red Sox five runs unions are the companies adversaries.
Here you have the left arguing against choice which makes no sense and then you have this violence.
This incredible -- that that the unions.
It will not stop until they destroy every city -- like tons without the cool clothing to them at -- is something they haven't -- yet.
You know Haiti and -- -- -- -- Argue against that what you just saw their -- they're -- they're still.
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Cold cocked by wanted -- journalists union the union guys have historically been beat up a bit killed.
They can't let you welcome the greater good right for the greater good about it.
We're violence is okay for the greater good all right guys get where you -- you took advantage of it.
How -- I take advantage of take a weekend off.
Direct I'm taking advantage of exactly do we get up there for that took it upon -- that kind of thing they didn't actually get punched in Canada based leasing it's -- you don't have many labor guys in parts of the patient murdered over the course -- but how -- Bob we I have -- -- what does that.
It was a -- is much in the face we have.
I don't care about Crowder.
Killing at least your take on as quick at target -- -- If you look at if you look at the state -- it reminds you about Wisconsin a couple years ago Governor Walker broke collective bargaining guess what.
Jobs came back to the state.
They're giving people a choice yes I thought most Democrats were pro choice -- America that you should not be forced to join an organization.
-- not be forced to pay to stay in that.
It's like a protective -- that don't take you might actually don't know that significant uptake that he didn't think so -- there's a -- and it's because this is mission again.
And this is why this is so great and union memberships have been declining Bob.
You know what and they gave workers in Wisconsin a -- and those union workers that are getting squeezed squeezed -- the punt.
Squeezed by obamacare squeezed by all these things in the economy now they're saying you know what I don't want to be -- my union paycheck you know it.
It is true that you -- your own -- we don't as you're going on but these scams -- take these jobs taking the same wages -- union guys -- forward collective bargaining all right the can we throw out the full screen meter putt of the full screen of right to work states vs -- right to work states.
And the unemployment rates in both look at that.
-- a right to work state unemployment rates of six point 9%.
In the non right to work the unions where you -- you have to have to join a union.
If you're in certain industries in those states eight point seven yet those states -- to have a direct workdays are low income low pain.
-- which dates back at stake there.
Comment what however -- it is across the board where.
Tupperware that there are Mosul in the shot right to work state -- party's New York California Illinois what are you talking about what's backwards about knows what not -- would agree that we have right to work states are mostly in the south.
So I think -- actually as -- as Yahoo! and backwards and all right can debate ever I don't know if you haven't loaded in May be due may be dumping throughout the states that are right to work states before but when it 124 machine's gonna be the 24 if we have that.
-- -- in the meantime.
They're gonna get it up here we go.
-- -- into it yet this god loves us out looks like the west looks like others -- got which looks like we I'll get electoral map does what looks like a all right let's go about Danica that it was the President Obama who says he -- to work is.
Is being politicized listen.
Shouldn't be doing is trying to take away.
Your rights to bargain for better way to.
This so called right to work -- that.
They don't have to do with the economic very very new to politics.
Who's who's politicizing.
And I haven't said anything yet this whole show.
First not collective bargaining is maintained in this bill when it would be -- but the difference is is that a right to work state is that you have a choice as an act as an employee whether or not to join union.
The unions are would have to compete does say.
We think that we can -- is that you better we hope you agree with us they'd have to compete for their business.
The governor is a guy who is a self made man who is basically.
Doing public service in his in his career he doesn't need to work -- -- life but he decided to stay in Michigan.
Indiana became a right to work state a couple of years ago Michigan's been watching all the progress and the jobs go to Indiana not China.
But to Indiana to the governor says okay Michigan what do you think 51 a 47% Michigan supports this move to be a right to work state.
They're also thirty states now that are headed up by Republican governors you know what they're having to do.
Clean up the problems from the past couple of decades to figure out how can we get jobs to stay here in America.
And if this violence had been at a Tea Party do you think we would have ever heard the end of it but no instead it has to be all the sudden it's your -- Are my -- I'm to blame for -- for -- because of somebody -- as is girlfriend with a gun I'm the climate summit on to someone in the face I'm like it's because the Republicans.
I -- it's not my -- people in Michigan don't.
Have -- you if you would depth on them with the United Mine Workers win the -- -- mine owners sent in Doug Gould guys -- guns and shot these guys.
Who would now they're trying to exercise their right to collective bargaining this.
That long history collective bargaining is maintained in this bill right is that -- different are they fighting there must be a lot of generous benefits packages on the -- I'm talking about a lot of the hard working.
Union workers spot this can't get these kids get.
Is -- a 380 union leaders that don't know when to stop and this is proof that these groups are antiquated.
They just don't do what they used to do and they're the people are saying you know what I'm also sick and tired of my dues that I'm paying going to campaign -- -- yet.
-- being -- I don't know.
Take the wages or do you guys who only the only way to get aggressive this element -- -- -- start -- the bit of wage the only way for progressive activism to succeed is by force because if you give the workers choices they say no.
And that's what the unions are are are noticing is that more people are working that attract more businesses which creates more -- Taxes that go to the state.
They know there on the losing -- -- who got quite a pilot -- graduate pilot is usually happen at a bad economic Tehran an admission and I don't -- these guys are saying they want to be -- that right to work you I'll let you know also blamed for the violence.
Why didn't have a choice I'll just that was violent let me -- -- -- The militant union -- -- -- -- -- what's wrong with -- -- -- if you're gonna have a choice that you don't -- that they would negotiate with by the -- -- why aren't acceptable to -- I wanna know why you why it's acceptable to -- -- certain points Greg particularly in the labor movement -- people had to go and fight but it's OK -- right so there's a guy's sitting there having a conversation gets punched in the -- that it's totally justified in your book that this and I want -- to be normal and say -- what's wrong I think it's -- the guy gets beat up to I think.
-- more labor guys have been bloodied and killed three how to -- nobody even knew who are you got even the score -- you're -- at some point that you do.
Can we add one more topic to this block that we -- probably being punched again but in the meantime I wouldn't want it much crowd teacher.
It is actually left in droves they called in sick to the to the tune of 26000 students had to be left on the couldn't go to school cause it to his class and had to be shut down so.
Union buzzer beating the crap out of the blue dogs who don't regret coming up -- and teachers OK are you put all of our race.
You've -- people scads.
And then you're upset the summons -- union thug we have.
All -- you have it both ways right.
You either the top groups that put these giant inflatable rats in front of nonunion construction progress -- projects and bully -- using construction projects projects across the content country.
Or you're now all of a sudden.
Little victims who can't help being in Belgium government isn't the only thing you a little worried that your little -- groups they go on people's -- -- -- Wall Street and -- those people and trespassed well.
Well and overwhelm them and their Wall Street is the -- What are the union message I -- unions did have a very effective and important role.
In the past there but I I also think that other -- as companies have does have had to evolve.
I think the unions need to evolve as well I've believed that they are getting terrible advice right now and there would be ways for them to be at a work with this governor who does he only has their best interest in mind you want -- jobs in Michigan.
What you want Bob -- -- doing why didn't.
Why by what he college -- Why is it because it brings a lot of people in to take advantage of the -- unions kids they.
-- but I thought let's let's get up inference that they don't have jobs and all that neither of the union did.
I -- about a -- that -- Schneider is not an ideal -- is not a partisan guy he's actually that he dealt a big business he did that it is very successful and he's been at his life to public service.
He just wants what's best for me gotta go.
We have to -- 51% of the Michigan people agree.
What -- the attack that sent the what do -- Exactly the what yeah.
Against camping they attacked the -- in the crowd was trying to make sure that -- got hurt inside there and basically like coming up the --