Live Blog: Right-to-Work Protest
Union members and others in opposition to Michigan becoming the 24th Right-To-Work state will converge on the Capitol in downtown Lansing today for what is expected to be a massive protest, bringing more than 10,000 to the city as Right-To-Work legislation is slated to be pushed through the House and signed by Governor Rick Snyder.
We'll be live blogging from Lansing all day long.
We will conclude our live blog at this time but will soon post a gallery with the pictures contained here along with many more. Have a great photo that we should include? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org! If you are just checking the blog out, scroll down for pictures, video, comments, news and the actual bills for you to peruse.
Matt says: Apparently giving people choices means that you are stripping their freedoms....ok whatever
Video from the ACLU of Michigan shows what appears to be peaceful protestors being pepper sprayed by Police. CLICK HERE to watch!
YouTube Video Blogger, Steven Crowder, assaulted, threatened with murder, by Union members on camera. CLICK HERE to watch!
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Senate Bill 116
House Bill 4003
Rachel says: 12/11/12 Such ashame that the bill passed 58-51.
Dawnna says: I think Lansing is making history for our county with this protest... Its huge.. And if I you all could hear what I hear with the noise and the helicopters I think you would be amazed as well... This is huge for Lansing... The fight for the unions and their protection for our rights are majorly on the line right now.... I hope our voices get heard... Wish I could be there as well... for all you protesters stay safe and conduct yourselves maturely...
Amy says: This is gonna continue down here tomorrow too??? They are telling our Romney Building employees to work from home tomorrow!!! Wow!
Romney Building employees are being told to work from home tomorrow.
work from home tomorrow.
Michigan State Police have formed a human barricade around the Romney building in barricade around the Romney building in downtown Lansing.
Mike says: One epic day today in Lansing at the capitol building.
Megan says: Quite the scuffle at the Capitol right now.
Protestors have left the Capitol lawn en mass and have converged on the Romney building where the offices of Governor Snyder and his staff are located. The scene there was already getting rough, and now crowd has increase in size, additional troopers have been deployed, armed in full riot gear. Gongwer News Service reports MSP as being "pleased" with the overall demeanor of today's protest, as of 1pm.
Joshua says: Riots breaking out Lansing. Too bad I gotta work. :(
Angela says: At the end of the day, I think what I'm most disappointed about is the fact that it seems that we've lost the ability to listen to another point of view and compromise.
Carly says: Judge me if you must but I fully support the protestors at the capital building! If I didn't have London I would be down there also.
Annie says: Getting pretty disgusted about this union bull. Nothing is being taken away from ANYONE. You are simply being given a CHOICE. Thought you democrats were in favor of choice...but perhaps that is only important when the choice is whether or not to give life to the unborn. Put your damn posters away and go home. The union is not your friend. I wish people would think for themselves.
Michigan Radio reports State Police are deploying additional troopers in riot gear to the Romney Building in downtown Lansing, where they say things are getting violent. Pepper spray and mounted police have been used to push back demonstrators outside the Capitol. Former Congressman Mark Schauer says he is among those who was sprayed.
The House has voted in favor of Right-To-Work legislation, 58-52, on Senate Bill 116, dealing with private sector employees. Now, both approved bills, will travel to Governor Snyder's desk, where he is expected to sign them both into law, making Michigan the 24th "Right To Work" state.
Amelia says: If you're at Lansing Community College get out NOW. Protest at the Capitol Building has escalated and they're locking down.
There are reports that State Police have barred Capitol workers from leaving at this time. The report also indicates that Police plan to make use of smoke bombs beginning at 5pm in an effort to clear out protestors.
The Michigan House of Representatives passed House Bill 4003, 58-51, a public sector bill similar to the private sector bill that passed last week 58-52. Under this new legislation, a worker cannot be required to pay any union dues and any contract that would mandate dues or fees as a condition of employment will be "unlawful and unenforceable."
The Reverand Jesse Jackson is amidst protestors today, standing alongside Lansing Mayor Virg Benero and Senator Gretchen Whitmer, in a photo posted by Working Michigan.
Emily says: Wow. It's going down in Lansing today.
WLNS-TV6 posted video to Facebook of State Police using wooden batons to push back and knock down "out of control" protestors at the Capitol. CLICK HERE to see it.
Amanda says: Sounds like shut just got real at the Capitol: pepper spray
Kellie says: Holy crap there's A LOT of people downtown!!! Glad I work a fee blocks back!!!!
The House has passed the public-sector portion of controversial Right-To-Work legislation and has sent it to Governor Rick Snyder's desk for his signature. He is expected to sign as early as Wednesday morning.
Police swarmed an area at the Capitol where protestors tore down a tent set up by Right-To-Work supporters around 11:30 this morning. No word on any arrests.
Jennifer says: Listening to Ingham County Public Safety radio on my phone. Civil unrest excites me. #WakeUpAmerica
Rachelle says: This kind of decision should be left up to a vote from the people who live in MI not just politicians with their own agendas.
Steven says: Lansing has gone crazy
Jennifer says: Hoping gov snyder listens to the many people voicing THE PEOPLES voice on the union bill. Dont rush thru this it is too important & my kids have grown accustomed to eating food provided by Dad'ss union pay!!
The House has just convened and is set to take up historic and controversial Right-To-Work legislation. The Capitol has reached capacity and is closed, according to Police.
Jessica says: I don't know what's more frightening-the fact that people's right to protest peacefully is being infringed upon, or the fact that over half of the police force is downtown right now!
Fox 47 TV in Lansing reports 10,000 are outside the Capitol and several thousand more are inside.
Christina says: I may not be able to be out with my union family today, but that doesn't mean I don't stand with them. My heart and prayers are with them as they protest at the Captiol today
Tabitha: Crazy watching the things going on down at the capital on the national news. Id like to see it first hand, but dont think it would be safe.
Amy says: Wow my home Lansing Michigan has made CNN news today crazy.....
Craig Says: 42 Michigan Schools closed today... It's about the children?
Chelsea says: Listening to the police scanner....its CRAZY at the capitol!!! People trying to climb thru windows & ishhh. Wow......
There are reports that I-69 westbound from the Durand area into Lansing is a parking lot as thousands are filtering in to join the protest. One estimate currently indicates 15,000 on hand already.
Karlena says: Absolute insanity downtown. Just watched the entire march. Pretty amazing experience to be apart of. Heading to the Capital!!
Hilarie says: Wow, tons of Laborers marching up to the Capital.
The first march of the day has begun, from the Lansing Center to the Capitol.
Angela says: I support Union workers all the way!!! I work downtown on Michigan Ave. the party started early. SOLIDARITY!!
Courtney says: I will be in Lansing, but at work unfortunately. Wish I could be there! My Dad is the president of UAW Local 652 and he will be down there all day so he'll keep me posted.
Ashleigh says: Chanting, music, closed streets with porta-potties set up in the middle of them, cops with zip ties strapped to their belts... ohhhh Tuesday, you're silly already!
Amanda says: Off to the Capitol, should be interesting
Jessica says: Downtown Lansing is a joke right now!!! Grand Ave is an absolute mess. Over 10 minutes from the highway to Allegan.....still not at my building.
Many roads in the area are closed now. The first march is expected to begin at 9am starting at the Lansing Center and heading toward the Capitol. The Lansing Center is the drop point for more than 70 busses coming in from out of town. Fox 47 TV in Lansing is reporting that today's protest could be the biggest ever at the Capitol.
Stephanie says: I am extremely terrified for the ones going to " the right to work rally " in Lansing. I am glad ppl are standing up for what they believe in but I just hope & pray no one gets hurt :(
Mel says: Working. Downtown is about to be crazy!
Brooke says: Wish I was marching at the capitol today. To all of my family, friends, and union brothers and sisters who are going- give them hell and be safe! God Bless.
Matt says: glad to know our teachers unions have their priorities straight, feel free to come to lansing and protest while our children our in schools wanting to learn......
Kim says: Glad I get to work in a Lansing school today. Wondering if ANY teachers will be present. I work for a union as well...but I most definitely support the RIGHT TO WORK passage. Let there be choice, not forced enrollment. There are conservative people out there too, and unions only support/advertise/promote liberal policies. I get monthly reminders that I help pay for with dues...
Christina says: I can't wait for the mad craziness downtown today!! Our building, the MSP HQ is on lock-down from what I heard yesterday, and I received an email from Sparrow Volunteer Services asking for more volunteers at the emergency room, as they expected a larger crowd flow today.
Steven says: About to head to Right to Work Rally @ Capital inLansing
Mercedes says: Lansing Michigan is on the Map today! This protest downtown is main news everywhere!
Tiffany says: From a business stance Right to Work makes sense. However if you're a Union employee with only a high school diploma and making $30/hour or more it's not good. Lots of pros and cons but looks like Snyder is going to sign us into a RTW state.
Jennifer says: "I can feel it comin' in the air tonight (this morning), oh lo-ord..." The world is watching today, Michigan. Let's keep it classy and show them what democracy should look like. I'll be there in spirit. (Gotta go get that paper at my union job.) Praying for a peaceful protest!
Amanda says: Hope all stays safe for the people protesting today
Tim says: I pray that they all behave and for the first responders police fire and EMS who will be on the front lines if things get out of hand everyone has their beliefs on this and no matter what they are follow the rules and don't create chaos!
Troy says: Off to Lansing again for Capitol Madness (like March Madness, but more union).
Several charter busses are headed westbound on 69 from the Durand area toward Lansing.
Jessica says: "Stand up for what you believe in even if it means standing alone"
Rick says: Today I'm going to work as usual; as a former sheriff I have no fear. However I'm praying that everyone protests peacefully and that no one gets hurt. I believe that thugs have been brought in from out of State to incite a riot. There is no excuse for the historic capitol building to be damaged, police attacked, or violence.
Ken says: I'm leaving shortly to "Protect". I hope we don't have to do anything because everyone is going to be on their best behavior.
Jeanne says: Be safe....everyone who is at the Capitol. There is absolutely NO reason to do damage to the building/grounds OR hurt anyone. I am sure there will be enough of a police presence to help but there are those who will push their rights and see how far they can go.
Ren says: Whatever side of the debate you are on, keep it civil people, the right to express yourself and protest is a American freedom
Mary says: Prayers for safety, peaceful assembly and that the voices of the voters are heard, respected and the elected officials vote for what is right not for the party, but for our great struggling state.
 Michigan Is 24th Right-to-Work State
Governor Snyder has signed the controversial Right-
To-Work legislation that coasted through the House and Senate and brought a massive protest to the State Capitol on Tuesday.
The Michigan House of Representatives passed House Bill 4003 which deals with the public sector on Tuesday, 58-51. A similar bill dealing with the private sector passed the House on Thursday last week, 58-52.
DurandNOW.com compiled breaking news, comments,
photos, videos and more in a Live Blog throughout the day Tuesday.
 Unanimous: "In God We Trust" to be Displayed in County Board of Commissioners Chambers
Inspired by a California woman's email, part of an initiative encouraging municipalities across the country to display the National Motto, Shiawassee County Commisioner Robert McLaren made a motion for the words "In God We Trust" to be prominently displayed in the Shiawassee County Board of Commissioners chambers.
On Wednesday evening the measure passed unanimously. Shiawassee County joins hundreds of city and county municipalities that have opted to incorporate the National Motto into displays and proceedings throughout the past two years.
While the four words began appearing on U.S. currency in 1938, the United States Treasury Department says the push to include the words began during the Civil War.
"In God We Trust" officially became the National Motto in 1956.
 Anytime Fitness Grand Durand Opening
Monday December 4th marked the grand opening of Anytime Fitness in Durand, beginning with a ribbon-cutting ceremony by the Greater Durand Area Chamber of Commerce. Pictured at the ceremony in front row center is owner Brian Dunaway, with co-owner Theresa Dunaway to his right and facility manager Patty Polen to his left. Also pictured are Anytime trainers Alec Cherny, Nathan Degner and Laurie Stepanski, Durand Mayor Deb Doyle, Chamber President Yvonne Ryan, Chamber Treasurer Christi Johnson, Chamber Director Kathy Olund, and a number of Anytime’s members and enthusiastic “Purple People.”
The Durand Anytime Fitness is Dunaway’s third facility and he states that membership is growing rapidly. True to its title, the state-of-the-art facility is open to members 24/7.
The new Anytime Fitness is located in Durand Plaza on Monroe Road in the former Family Dollar store.