I took the afternoon off work yesterday to join the protests at the capital. It was a good demonstration and they estimate about 3,000 or more people attended. There have been protests all week, but this was the biggest one.
It was really interesting to see the people from all walks of life in the crowd that belong to a union. We had teachers, nurses, janitors, electricians, plumbers, builders, scientists & engineers (my union), student workers, and administrative support staffs. My cousin also took the day off work with members of his electrical union, he is a line-man for an electric company. Even my retired aunt (former school secretary) and my 84-year old grandma showed up!
We were mostly protesting the Emergency Manager Bill that passed and is awaiting signature by the governor. The day before the AARP had organized a protest of the new tax on pensions. It was a mix of protesting the union-busting, raising taxes on our poor and elderly to give tax breaks to corporations, and the bill that allows the state to appoint someone to fire our elected officials and bypass our democratic process. A bill to make Michigan a “Right-to-Work” state is being worked on in the legislature right now.
It was a good day, even though the Governor signed the bill.