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My Father and Aunt left the south in the early 1960's along with many other former Southerners. My Daddy, graduating Valedictorian in his high school class of about 75, went on to College on a full basketball and academic scholarship. He was first person in my family to graduate from high school and college. This is a blog about how General Motors has been a part of my life for 40 years.
He obtained teaching certificate while in college, and always spoke about after retirement going to teach school but he did not get the opportunity. My Father was PROUDEST of his name being on the wall at the U.S. Department of Labor as a Skilled Tradesman, and frequency discussed this honor with our family
Thursday, December 6th was a day huge part of my heart that misses my Dad daily, was not alive to witness. It was the day that elected Republican officials in Michigan took an axe to labor rights in this state by ramming though 'Right to Work for Less' Legislation, along with the 'flip-flop' in stance of Governor Rick Snyder (R), who claimed for nearly two and half years he would not sign this type of legislation, if it was to arrive at his desk.
As a second generation United Auto Worker benefactor, I never worked for General Motors. The income my Father made at the plant helped me become the first member of my family to receive a Bachelor's degree. Today, remembering my Father's words, "Education is something no one can take away from you", September 2013 I'll receive my Masters of Business Administration degree. Yet, now I wonder reflecting on actions taken in our Michigan House and Senate this week, were my Father's words true.
Addition to the 'Right To Work for Less' legislation, Republicans in Michigan's Legislature drafted bills in the past couple of weeks, directly focused on the total privatization of public education in this state.
Instead of looking forward to decent employment opportunities in this state -unionized or not- with fair wages and benefits; along with an free public educational system focused on teaching our Michigan children the academic rigor required to pursue undergraduate degree, skilled or vocational trade, it appears Michigan's GOP focus is on eliminating mobility into middle class society in this state.
On Tuesday, December 11th, hundreds for thousands of Michiganders who believe unions and workers have an inherent right to co-exist, will march up Michigan Avenue until reaching the State Capitol Building. Will you join them? These workers will not only march from themselves but for others who have fought and in some cases died for rights for fair wages, benefits and working conditions. Will you march with them?
Not all of the marchers will be a part of a organized union but will stand together in solidarity in belief that unions can co-exist in this state. Will you walk hand and hand in unison? Children will join their parents, teachers, caregivers and more to have an opportunity to raise their future children and grandchildren in this state by being able to earn an adequate income. Will you stay at home?
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