Right-to-Work Begins in Michigan
Today Michigan officially becomes the 24th Right-to-Work state. Despite organized labor’s attempts to demonize and derail this landmark legislation, right-to-work’s benefits were so clear they overwhelmed the union’s misinformation campaigns. Michigan workers will no longer be subject to the whims of their union. Workers have every opportunity to join a union, should they choose to. Union membership is no longer a condition of employment.
F. Vincent Vernuccion of the Mackinac Center writes:
Despite claims by unions, collective bargaining largely will remain the same. Unions still can negotiate with employers over wages, hours, working conditions and almost anything except for the requirement that workers pay them simply to keep their jobs…Now unions need to prove their worth to their members to justify someone paying for the union's services. In the end this will make unions stronger and give better representation to workers.
Becoming a right-to-work state will only benefit Michigan. Here are just a few reasons why:
• Private-sector, inflation-adjusted employee compensation in right-to-work states has grown by 12.0 percent between 2001-2011.
• For 2012, nine out of the top 10 best states for business are right-to-work states. By contrast, Michigan is currently 33 (before right work legislation passed)
• Between 2000 and 2011, right-to-work states have seen an increase of 11.3 percent in the number of residents between the ages of 25-34, according to the Bureau of the Census
(Courtesy of the Mackinac Center)
By embracing right-to-work, Governor Rick Snyder has made clear that he isn’t interested in following the destructive path of his predecessor that saw Detroit go bust and state unemployment dwarf the national average. Pro-worker reforms like right-to-work will only serve as the catalyst for any kind of Michigan comeback.