Spend a little time looking at the union-busting legislation in Michigan, and it immediately becomes clear why the unions have been packing the Capitol in Lansing. The language is dry, but it's not all that hard to figure. From Senate Bill 158 (pdf):
Each collective bargaining agreement entered into between a public employer and public employees under this act after the effective date of the amendatory act that added this subsection shall include a provision that allows an emergency manager appointed under the Local Government and School District Fiscal Accountability act to reject, modify, or terminate the collective bargaining agreement as provided in the Local Government and School District Fiscal Accountability Act.
If your city or school district got put under emergency management -- see Detroit Public Schools -- then that emergency manger could throw out whatever deal your union negotiated. "We didn't create financial crisis, we've given up wages and concessions in benefits over the years," retired teacher Mike Kelly told the Detroit Free-Press. "This is about power."
We'll have much more on union-busting efforts around the nation on the show tonight. We'll see you at 9 Eastern.