It's hard to imagine, but there was a period in our history when workers in the United States were exploited and taken advantage of much like the way in which workers in developing nations are often unfortunately treated today. It was only after marches, sit-ins and collective organizing that American workers established unions so that they could then fight for better wages, hours, benefits, working conditions and many other labor rights that we simply take for granted now. But yesterday, in the most outlandish, brazen and unjust manner, Michigan's Republican-controlled House passed two bills effectively ending the ability of labor unions to function (the state Senate already previously passed the bills). The so-called 'Right to Work' law is nothing more than a creative way to curb the power of unions, workers and their ability to jointly bargain. Michigan is the 24th state to pass such a law, pushing those of us who care about the future of this country to say that we have a fundamental right to fight back.
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