Thursday, April 14, 2011

Go UP! Add Another 1,000 to Yesterday's Michigan Protest Total

I've read that anywhere from 4,500 to 7,000 turned out in Lansing yesterday to protest Governor Snyder and the Republican agenda, but little reported is the fact that 1,000 to 1,200 showed up in Marquette for the same reason. And, seeing as how Marquette County only has just over 67,000 residents, and the UP around 330,000 total, I think they win, percentage-wise. Take a look at this crowd:

From the Marquette Mining Journal:

MARQUETTE - Upper Peninsula union members and others stood 1,000 strong near the steps of the Marquette County Courthouse Wednesday and voiced their displeasure with recent, as well as proposed, legislation.

Mike Thibault, president of the Marquette County Labor Council, said he hoped Gov. Rick Snyder and members of the state Legislature got the message.

"I think the message was loud and clear from the group last night. Hopefully we'll have some impact. If not, that same energy will be carried on to the election in 2012," he said.

Thibault said legislation the unions are concerned about include the emergency financial managers bill, a proposed repeal of the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Act and abolishment of prevailing wage.

Thibault said there was an estimated crowd of between 1,000 and 1,200 at the rally Wednesday to hear speakers including former State Sen. Mike Prusi and former State Rep. Gary McDowell.

Our Yooper neighbors never get any media coverage down here, so I thought I'd throw this out there to spread the word and give them some well-deserved credit. WTG people.