Michigan state Rep. Douglas Geiss (D-Taylor) is not taking the state government’s push to instate right to work legislation lying down. In a speech on the state’s House floor, Geiss warned his colleagues that “there will be blood” if the state passes, and Gov. Rick Snyder (R-MI) signs, legislation that would make membership in the state’s public-sector unions voluntary.
“We are going to undo 100 years of labor relations,” Geiss said. “And there will be blood. We will relive the Battle of the Overpass.”
Michigan’s House Democratic party’s Twitter account sent out Geiss’ reaction to the public on Tuesday:
Geiss references a 1937 incident in which labor organizers battled with Ford Motor Company security during a Depression-era strike in Dearborn, Michigan. The clash resulted in the beating of many Ford employees and labor organizers and is credited with increasing public support for the United Auto Workers union.
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