For the first time we are learning what organized labor offered the governor to avoid a nasty confrontation on Right to Work in Michigan.
Neither side could agree and now some labor leaders claim they do not trust the governor. And now even the eternally optimistic governor concedes the fall out from the Right to Work debate has fractured his relationship with democrats and labor and vice versa. "This obviously has strained relationships and strained it dramatically," Snyder said.
The massive anti-governor, anti-right-to-work demonstration could have been avoided as the governor claims he was on a path to keep the issue off the table.
Labor leaders such as Bob King and Michigan Education Association President Steve Cook were in talks for ten days with the governor's staff. The governor confirms he did not participate in person but used the phone to find a deal and labor offered this to get the deal.
But UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada argues the governor did not tell them where he was going. "I feel that he did not show the leadership. I think he led us down a path where he knew what he was going to do" Estrada said.
The teacher union president Steve Cook reports there was no horse trading, no counter offers. "We never really felt, as we got into the latter stage of the ten days, that we had a working partner in all of this from the governor and the governor's office," Cook said calling it 'shades of hypocrisy.' As you might expect the governor saw it differently.
"I view this as we had a good dialogue. I did it in good faith. I have no doubt about that. I have a clear conscience about it, Snyder said.
But he's also got a clear problem. His relationship with labor is not exactly warm and fuzzy but he hopes to change that in the new year.