Right-to-Work Press Conference Held in Downtown Flint


Today, supporters of a right-to-work law in Michigan held press conferences in locations around the state. Five of those supporters appeared in downtown Flint. The main speaker, Stacy Swimp, President of the Fredrick Douglas Foundation of Michigan, addressed the crowd, saying: “All employees should be free to join and financially support a labor union if they choose, without fear of discrimination or penalty. We believe all employees should be equally free to choose not to join or financially support a union, again without fear of discrimination or penalty.”

According to Swimp, this kind of employment discrimination loses jobs and placed Michigan at the bottom of the United States’ economically. He went on to say, “This July Fourth weekend, and every day of the year, individual freedom is the issue.” Laws that promote freedom of choice, argued Swimp, will create jobs, as evidenced by the progress made in current right-to-work states. He ended by saying, “Workers want the opportunity to work for more.”

He was opposed by several union supporters who interrupted his speech on multiple occasions, saying things like, “It’s not unions fault,” “You are just a corporate puppet” or, “Right-to-work states are not worker-friendly.”

Both sides seemed to agree that Michigan is in terrible economic shape, but disagreed on how Michigan got there and how it can regain prosperity. Those who supported unions believe big business was at fault, and that any changes that seem to benefit their bottom line will only serve to perpetuate Michigan’s dismal economic situation. In contrast, those who supported right-to-work believe unions are partly at fault and that the way out is through greater worker choice and freedom outside union structures.

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    Michigan Freedom To Work , training session three others (Brenda Battle Jordan, Paul Hales and Janice Daniels) who would be great speakers if they have time and interest. Perhaps they would be interested in attending tonight’s training sess…ion (Gary Glenn a…nd Tim Bos are heading it). We need to be sure we have the Flint/Saginaw/Bay City media covered.

    Thank you and God Bless,,Brenda Battle Jordan

    Sorry, that i missed the training session [ three others (Brenda Jordan, Paul Hales and Janice Daniels) who would be great speakers if they have time and interest.] YES I’am Interested ] { A Good Friend said.} .. ,It takes courage to stand up for freedom. Interesting to see the union reps on hand to interrupt you. They see freedom of speech as the right to shout down speech they disagree with. Trumka in the White House three times a week is not enough of a platform for them.

    They have to oppose you, because you are effectively reaching the people. Keep up the great work!
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    Andrew Buikema is a school teacher in Michigan and a member of the NEA. Earlier this week, the NEA endorsed President Obama for re-election in 2012 (shocking, I know) and subsequently increased annual dues by $10. That was the straw that broke the camel’s back for Buikema, who does not support Obama and is obviously not happy with the way his dues are being used.” – The Right Scoop

    kbjordan08 12 hours ago
    Very BRAVE people here! What a concept – to work without interference by a third party that just wants to steal your money from YOUR labor with nothing in return other than “allowing” you to work – that’s the Unions, the Government, and the Mafia for you!**** Thank you for this Comment. On our Video.
    kbjordan08 1 day ago
    Your video shows that you are courageous, competent, courteous and motivated to speak out for your beliefs, in the face of rude opposition. That is a valuable combination of talents. I hope you stick around Oath Keepers!

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    kbjordan08 1 day ago
    Way to go!!! You are wonderful patriots and I hope many of the Tea Party members have the privilege of being your friend. God bless you and yours{ This Is From A Good Friend} .
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    Cancel orPost or Create a video response It takes courage to stand up for freedom. Interesting to see the union reps on hand to interrupt you. They see freedom of speech as the right to shout down speech they disagree with. Trumka in the White House three times a week is not enough of a platform for them.

    They have to oppose you, because you are effectively reaching the people. Keep up the great work!

    • The Comments that you will see on our Flint Freedom To Work Effort,video came from are online friends, see them on facebook too,this video is by my husband Ken Jordan, who is also seen in our video and the two News who covered the event , ABC 12, and TV 25 , i hope that you can see this video, you are talking about in this [ Trying Liberty } News post , Brenda Battle Jordan.

    • Michigan Freedom To Work , training session three others (Brenda Battle Jordan, Paul Hales and Janice Daniels) who would be great speakers if they have time and interest. Perhaps they would be interested in attending tonight’s training sess…ion (Gary Glenn a…nd Tim Bos are heading it). We need to be sure we have the Flint/Saginaw/Bay City media covered.

      Thank you and God Bless,

      Sorry, that i missed the training session [ three others (Brenda Jordan, Paul Hales and Janice Daniels) who would be great speakers if they have time and interest.] YES I’am Interested ] { A Good Friend said.} .. ,It takes courage to stand up for freedom. Interesting to see the union reps on hand to interrupt you. They see freedom of speech as the right to shout down speech they disagree with. Trumka in the White House three times a week is not enough of a platform for them.

      They have to oppose you, because you are effectively reaching the people. Keep up the great work!

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