Right-to-Work in Michigan Is About Politics, Not Economics

Michigan's anti-union legislation will hurt the state’s economy, not help it as Republicans claim.

By John Logan

Today, Michigan became the nation’s 24th state, and the most unionized state, to enact right-to-work legislation prohibiting employers and unions from negotiating union security agreements. In protest, thousands of union members and their allies converged at the state Capitol in Lansing this morning. [RETURN TO ARTICLE]

  • Reader Comments

    Great to read something so clear in spelling out the Republican misinformation on the right-to-work laws. Everywhere in the media we hear about people being forced to join unions and pay dues, which is just not true—in fact that is already against the law everywhere, as this piece makes clear. Excellent.

    Posted by anonymous on Dec 11, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    I also heard someone commenting on NPR that unions have the right to just negotiate for the union members rather than the whole bargaining unit, another falsehood.

    Posted by unionist on Dec 11, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Right to work is about freedom, and the left is not big on that.

    Posted by aspenguy on Dec 12, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    The solution to this dilemma, then, seems to be an effort to encourage everyone to join the union.  If everyone covered by the bargaining unit joins the union, we won’t have a problem.

    Posted by Joe Steel on Dec 13, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    Right-to-work and workfare are both part of the same package, serving the same purpose.  You can’t support one and oppose the other unless you have the purely unAmerican view that fundamental rights are to be determined on the basis of economic class. A point the eludes today’s discussion is how few of us actually have the right to start/join a union. Unlike the more advanced countries, most of us don’t have that option. My first experience with the reality that discussing unionizing almost inevitably leads to the loss of one’s job was back in the mid-1970s, and we’ve lost a lot of our freedoms and rights since then. What I do know is that we have no rights unless we’re willing to fight for them.

    Posted by DH Fabian on Dec 14, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    I don’t know about that…Traditionally the non union members shared in the union agreements - but with this new law maybe not ...That I think would be up to the management / do they want to keep an additional set of books on whos who???  If you choose not to join the union you do not benfit with union benefits ....union representation - and are at their mercy over being fired…. How much this law mandates ???
    ..Where I worked we had one guy disappear - no word - no nothing….the union went so far as to get in touch with his grandmother.  It turned oiut he was in an motocycle accident and went a little haywire….the union did not allow the company to summarily dis,miss him….....good for the union and union members…these people that choose the other ?????

    Posted by William Bednarz on Dec 14, 2012 at 8:55 PM