The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

A Law Tailor-made to Screw Workers

Sep 4, 2006

A Michigan law makes it illegal for any public employees to strike. This includes teachers and state office workers.

The ban on striking is bad enough. But the punishment for it is just ridiculous.

Any public employees’ union that calls a strike can be fined $5,000 for every day the strike lasts. But not only that–every individual striker can be fined a day’s pay for every day he or she is on strike.

So not only would striking workers get no pay while they are striking; they would also get no pay while they’re working, for the same number of days they were on strike!

This law would have public employees work for free.

Wasn’t slavery abolished long ago?