Republicans in Michigan are pushing legislation that would have serious consequences for union workers such as teachers. The GOP led House of Representatives in the state have introduced a bill that would imprison union members for sending political emails using publicly owned email services.
The consequences for violating the law include a $10,000 fine for an organization, and a $1,000 fine and one-year imprisonment for an individual.
You’re probably wondering if this is a joke. Well, you’d be wrong. This is very real. Republicans are seriously pushing this law in a blatant violation of Constitutional rights.
The Michigan Education Association, a union representing the state’s teachers, said the bill was “political payback” after a conservative activist lost a legal battle over the use of a school district’s email service for union lobbying efforts. The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled the emails were not subject to the Freedom of Information Act.
In a statement, the Michigan Education Association said, “This is more than just another blatant attack on public workers and their unions. This is an unconstitutional attack on every citizen’s right to freedom of speech and freedom of association.”
Basically, this law would put teachers and other union workers in prison for sending a political email. If the Republican war on unions wasn’t already bad enough, now they want to outlaw your right to freedom of speech and association if you are part of one.
What’s next, Republicans? Are you going to put me in prison for writing this political article? I bet if it were about Democrats you’d be perfectly fine with that. But since it’s clearly about the fascist tactics of the Republican Party, you have a problem with that. This assault by Republicans is nothing more than a witch hunt and an egregious assault on the Constitution. The GOP is raping the Constitution, pure and simple, and they know it. Even thinking about violating someone’s constitutionally protected freedom of speech and association should be treason. This is hypocrisy as well, since Republicans constantly rant about how the Constitution was written to protect the American people from government. I guess that doesn’t matter when Republicans are the government.