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Contact Infomation:

Special Collections

MSU  Libraries

366 W. Circle Drive

East Lansing, MI 48824



URL: http://specialcollections.lib.msu.edu

Date Received:

Acquired 11 December 2012.

Date Processed:


Acquisitions Information:

These items were collected at the Michigan statewide (with national support) Right To Work protest, on December 11, 2012. Printed color copies of signs carried on December 11, 2012 were donated by Megan Bauer Community Engagement Coordinator, Kalamazoo Gay Lesbian Resource Center.

Preferred Citation:

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information:  Box number, Folder number and/or title, Michigan Right To Work Protest Posters, MSS 222 , Special Collections, MSU Libraries, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Copyright Notice:

Copyright is retained by the author of the items in this archive, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Usage Restrictions:

There are no restrictions on the access of this collection.

Photoduplication Restrictions:

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Collection Summary:

This archive contains17 print and holographic copies of protest signs, 5 of which are photograph reproductions; and miscellaneous print materials in an oversize box.

Historical Background:

The Michigan statewide Right to Work action protested Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and the Republican members of the legislature support of what is deemed by organized labor as a union busting measure.  Governor Snyder defended his support as pro-worker.  The bill passed making Michigan the twenty-fourth state in the US to enact such measures.  Supporters of the measure cite the increase of jobs while opponents believe that although more jobs might be generated, it would be at the expense of lower wages and benefits to all workers.

Processing Note:

Processed by Carolyn Schein and Diana Rivera in December 2012.


The poster collection is arranged in alphabetical order with a separate envelope with photocopies and miscellaneous material. One oversized sign (LABOR) is housed separate with other signs with attached wooden sticks.

Michigan Right to Work Protest Poster Collection. 

State Capital December 11, 2012, Lansing, MI

These items were collected at the statewide (with national support) Right To Work protest, on December 11, 2012.  The protest was held on December 11-13, 2012 at the State Capital in  Lansing Michigan.  A Republican-led Michigan House that limited unions’ strength by prohibiting non-union workers to pay union dues passed the Right To Work bills.

CWA-COMMUNICATION WORKERS OF AMERICA.  11” x 16” poster; red with white lettering – (both sides).

FIGHTING FOR MICHIGAN’S FUTURE, A Union of Professionals, AFT, Michigan. 12.5 x 19 poster – blue and white.

LABORERS.  18” x 24” poster; blue background with orange letters on wooden stake

LET’S PULL TOGETHER, AFSCME. org 14” x 21.5” poster; green with white lettering on both sides.

PLANNED PARENTHOOD ACTION FUND, WOMEN ARE WATCHING. Two 5.5” x 9” Planned Parenthood signs, fan style on sticks – pink & white On the back of one is a sticker from HVAC Local 190, Ann Arbor, MI.

PROUD MEA (Michigan Education Association) UNION MEMBER. 14” x 20” poster; red, white, blue circle on white background.

RIGHT TO WORK $4.00 LESS PAY. 13” x 22” poster; white poster. One side: Colored letters/ Other side: drawing of large black rat (signifying non-Union labor or “Scabby the Rat”.)

STOP THE WAR ON WORKERS, 18” x 24” poster; red, white, and blue. International Brotherhood of Teamsters (both sides).

TEAMSTER POWER 2012.  18” X 24” poster; red, white, and blue. Logo of International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

UFCW Si UNION SI Nosotros Podemos! Tener Dignidad y Respeto! 24” x 26” poster; dark blue letters on white background. Backside: RTW Wrong for MI UFCW 951.

UNION YES [with red check mark].  20” x 28” poster; Black letters on yellow background. UAW logo represented as the “O” in UNION.

WE ARE ONE ATU. Two 18” x 24” poster – One side: red, white, and blue. with clenched red and white fist, red stars on blue background. Amalgamated Transit Union logo on right side. Other side: I AM A MAN.

DAY OF ACTION FOR WORKER’S RIGHTS – STANDING UP FOR MICHIGAN’S WORKING FAMILIES. Two  green handouts;  printed both sides: Outlines the details of the Right to Work bill that Governor Snyder would sign into law in Michigan and its affect on workers.

I STAND WITH PLANNED PARENTHOOD.  One sheet of pink labels; 4 labels. 11 - 4 x 5 white sheets of paper from MiPlannedParenthood.org

Tell Your Legislators: HANDS OFF WOMEN’S HEALTH CARE. Lists several bills relating to women’s health care being discussed in Michigan Congress. Ca. 4” x 5”.

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