OREN GILBREATH: Crees wrong about Right to Work

TO THE EDITOR:

In Jim Crees’ weekend editorial, “A message for politicians,” Mr. Crees pretends that the Republican legislature and Governor were trying to convince him that they were correct in passing the Right to Work bill into law. Following that, Jim reverts to the Jim we all know and love?

After his first sentence, Jim becomes pretty well incoherent. Along with accusing the Republicans of lying to him and the voters about their reasoning, he says they were following orders from the DeVos family, the Koch brothers, the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, the Tea Party and everything else Republican.

Oh yeah, he also mentions “Big Business.” And to make sure we know Big Jim is one of the UNION guys, he also throws in a lot of words like “shinola,” “sucking up” and “bullwash.” I really don’t know what that’s supposed to mean. I guess he thinks he is communicating with “the guys.”

Despite every survey that points to an increase in manufacturing in all states that pass Right to Work laws, Big Jim insists this is not pro-worker and will not benefit workers by any stretch of the imagination.

Of course, we could point out that the first and best way to help Michigan workers is to get them a job, which was the point of passing this bill into law in the first place! He seems to be more concerned that the big unions are going to suffer somehow by a drop in their dues money, than he is about the thousands of unemployed people across Michigan. He talks about the political culture in Lansing and the Midnight meeting and lack of transparency in passing laws.

But he insults his readers when he thinks we don’t remember the early morning meeting at Christmas that President Obama and the Demcrats pulled off three years ago in order to get the Obama Health bill passed into law.

From the couple of letters I have read, it looks like Mr. Crees has some support from his anti-Right to Work position. They talk about workers possibly not paying any union dues, but still receiving the benefits of a union contract. That’s going to be the news to anyone hiring into the GM and Chrysler auto plants under the contracts written lately. New workers under theses new contracts will be paid much less than their fellow union members who may be working right beside them on the same job. Sometimes up to a 50 percent different. A job paying $24 an hour to an older employee may, under the UAW contracts, pay the new employee $12 or $13. That doesn’t sound like the benefits to be proud of, now does it?

If Big Jim and his followers are going to condemn the Republican Legislature and the Governor for doing their job, they ought to pay attention and check it. But they won’t. It’s more fun to make it come out there way. After all, they are liberals. Sorry, I mean progressive.

Oren Gilbreath

Paris