Editor, Advertiser:

It’s an old saying that you better be careful what you wish for, you just may get it. The wishes of a selfish, greedy few in Lansing to destroy the middle class of Michigan will only anger and provoke a class of people, the working, middle class. Union represented negotiations gave these people, myself included, decent wages and good benefits. This class of people, the backbone of this country, can be provoked if pushed far enough.

Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it. Collective bargaining kept a healthy balance of give and take between labor and management. Efforts are under way to precariously tip this give and take balance against the union represented working class people here in Michigan.

Right to work? More like the right to no rights, keep your mouth shut, you’re lucky to have a job. In my opinion, it’s where we are heading with this.

There was always the understanding that our agreement between labor and management prohibited strikes. It seems to me that this can now change. It seems to me that this now should change. I think that a message of this magnitude should be sent loud and clear to the weasel that somehow conned his way into the governor’s office.

I think this is one move among others that should be initiated and overwhelmingly supported by all unions in this state at a place such as a state run prison or psychiatric hospital, that simply can’t function without union represented essential employees.

I think if thousands of union workers showed up in support of the striking employees at a facility such as this, that no one would dare cross a picket line.

Don’t tell me this is illegal, we don’t have a contract anymore, the workers now thumb their noses at your rules as you as management have thumbed your pointed noses at the rights of workers. Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.

Norm Parker

Retired state employee

Proud union supporter