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Organized Labor Makes Offer to Snyder on Right to Work


For the first time, we are learning what organized labor offered the governor to avoid a nasty confrontation on Right to Work.

Neither side could agree and now some labor leaders claim they do not trust the governor. Even the eternally optimistic Governor Rick Snyder concedes the fall out from the Right to Work debate has fractured his relationship with democrats and labor and vice versa.

The massive anti-governor, anti-right to work demonstration could have been avoided as the governor claims he was on a path to keep the issue off the table. Labor leaders such as Bob King and MEA President Steve Cook were in talks for ten days with the governor's staff. Snyder confirms he did not participate in person, but used the phone to find a deal. Labor offered this to get the deal:

Labors Offer

  1. Gov Appoints Supreme Court
  2. Gov Appoints School Supt
  3. Teacher Tenure Wiped-Out
  4. Civil Service Changes

But UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada argues the governor did not tell them where he was going.

"I feel that he did not show the leadership. I think he led us down a path where he knew what he was going to do," Estrada said.

Steve Cook, the teacher union president, reports there was no horse trading and no counter offers.

"We never really felt, as we got into the latter stage of the ten days, that we had a working partner in all of this from the governor and the governor's office," Cook said. "I'm not sure that he was being altogether genuine when he said that he really wanted this issue off his desk."

Cook called it "shades of hypocrisy."

As you might expect the governor saw it differently.

"I view this as we had a good dialogue. I did it in good faith. I have no about about hat. I have a clear consigned about it," Snyder said.

But he's also got a clear problem: his relationship with labor is not exactly warm and fuzzy, but he hopes to change that in the new year.

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