Labor Day – 2012

Workers comp lawyer in Michigan reflects on Labor Day and why organized labor still needs our protection.

Our law firm will be closed on September 3, 2012 in observance of Labor Day. It’s a time for us to reflect on the contributions of the labor movement and how American workers built this great nation.

Unfortunately, it appears that labor unions are once again under attack and a fight is brewing in Lansing. So called “right to work” legislation is being considered in an attempt to crush organized labor.

Michigan has always strongly supported the labor movement and we see this as nothing more than political gamesmanship. Labor unions are being scapegoated for all the problems with our state economy.

Why unions are still important

We have blogged extensively about the horrible changes House Bill 5002  inflicted on the workers compensation system. The sad truth is that it could have been much worse.

Earlier drafts included a provision that completely removed an employee’s right to choose his or her  doctor. It would have given total control over medical treatment to insurance companies and big corporations.

This terrible provision did not survive because people stood up to the special interest groups and said enough is enough. Without the support of organized labor, we might not have won this battle.

So even if you don’t belong to a union, you still benefit everyday from its advocacy.

What you can do to help

A coalition of unions is trying to get the issue of right to work on the November 2012 ballot. The goal is to amend the Michigan Constitution to ensure that organized labor is protected.

You can help by educating friends and family members about the importance of this ballot initiative. Vote in the 2012 election and make your voice heard!

Call (855) 221-2667 to speak with one of our workers comp lawyers in Michigan. We are committed to protecting injured workers and their families.

Alex Berman is the founder of Michigan Workers Comp Lawyers. He’s been representing injured and disabled workers exclusively for more than 35 years. Alex has helped countless people obtain workers comp benefits and never charges a fee to evaluate a case.

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