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You’ve all seen the news:
Michigan enacted far-reaching legislation Tuesday that threatens to cripple the power of organized labor in a state that was a hub of union might during the heyday of the nation’s industrial dominance.
The new law comes nearly two years after Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) began a push to curb collective bargaining rights for public employees. That effort ignited huge protests from union and liberal activists and triggered a failed effort to recall Walker.
At the same time, a well-funded campaign to curtail union power swept through several other Republican-controlled states in the industrial Midwest.
The passage of “right to work,” or as Democrats call it, “right to work for less,” in Michigan is a terrible blow, especially after Michigan’s GOP governor said for years it was not on his agenda. The campaign to pass “right to work” in Michigan was spearheaded by two groups, Americans for Prosperity, and the Michigan Freedom Center funded by Dick DeVos.
DeVos, who unsuccessfully ran against Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm a few years ago, is the son of the founder of “multi-level marketing” giant Amway. Amway has a long relationship with the Republican Party, especially in Michigan. Amway is sold as a business opportunity to individuals with little capital, means or financial sense. Recruits are told of fabulous riches that await them as an Amway distributor, then hard-sold their own “independent business.”
In reality, the average Amway “business owner” makes about $100 a month, but have switched their own personal consumption of products that Amway sells to them. This is how Amway makes its money. If Amway’s promises of exponential growth since its founded had proven true, Amway would now be larger than the entire U.S. economy. What Amway really does is create a willingly captive market for their overpriced products. It’s a pyramid scheme.
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And now, Amway profits have been spent successfully busting Michigan’s unions!
Greg McNeilly, who heads the Michigan Freedom Fund, a group backed by multimillionaire conservative activist Dick DeVos that spent millions pressing for passage of the legislation, called their success a potentially decisive hit against organized labor.
“I think today is their Waterloo,” McNeilly said.
Like my grandmother used to say, “the rats are in the corn.” It’s even worse than it looks.