Skip to comments.Michigan Could Become 24th Right-to-Work State
Posted on 12/04/2012 11:15:10 AM PST by MichCapCon
MIDLAND Michigan legislators are now openly discussing the possibility that the Great Lake State could become the 24th right-to-work state in the nation.
A right-to-work law makes Michigan home again, said Labor Policy Director F. Vincent Vernuccio. It means Michigan will be home to more and better jobs for our state, it means Michigans children and grandchildren will be able to stay here and not only find jobs, but prosper.
Extending right-to-work protections to employees in both the private and public sectors means that unions will no longer be able to get a person fired for refusing to financially support them.
Right-to-work does not affect collective bargaining in any way except to take away unions ability to fire workers for not paying them, Vernuccio added. It makes unions accountable to their members. Unions will no longer be able to bolster their political power by taking money from people who dont support their agenda.
The move comes less than a year after Indiana became a right-to-work state. Since that time, the Hoosier state has added 43,300 jobs, while Michigan has lost 7,300. Indianas manufacturing sector added 13,900 new jobs, while Michigans lost 4,200. Nationally, the numbers are even more telling. Between 1980 and 2011, total employment in right-to-work states grew 71 percent, while employment in forced unionism states grew just 32 percent. Employment in Michigan grew just 14 percent during that same time.
Michigan needs jobs with good, competitive benefits and a salary that can support a family, Vernuccio said. Over the last decade, inflation-adjusted compensation in right-to-work states grew nearly 12 percent, compared to just 3 percent in forced unionism states.
There is a major difference in benefits, too.
According to the National Institute for Labor Relations Research, between 1999 and 2009 the number of people covered by private employer health insurance increased nearly 1 percent in right-to-work states, but fell almost 7 percent in forced unionism states, Vernuccio added.
Unions can and do still exist in a right-to-work state, Vernuccio said. But people also have a right to say no thank you when a union demands money for providing an unwanted service.
Would love to see that happen, but hard to believe...in Michigan of all places.....one of the bluest of blue states...and one of the most heavily unionized states in the nation....just about the the LAST place on earth I would have ever thought would embrace right to work legislation.
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If that happens, union bosses will soon begin appearing on the endangered species list.
Down here in Missouri we can't even get RTW legislation up for a vote!
Free at last. Free at last. Thank God almighty, you’re free at last.
Unfortunately, the idiots in my district replaced a moderate like Ouimet for a far left dim like Driskell. !@%#!@#.
This will happens when the moon turns blood red, the ground quakes, the mountains split open and the sky turns evening black at 12 noon.
Pretty hopeful sign!
We would welcome Michigan back to liberty and prosperity!
Seems like the height of stupidity to try and go from the current state of affairs to right to work in one step. In Indiana, they handled the public sector unions first, in 2005, before dealing with the private sector in 2012.
If Ohio had simply eliminated the “fair share fee” that public sector workers who are not members of unions are required to pay to the Unions in 2011, rather than passing an over-reaching comprehensive reform, the public sector Unions would have gone broke. Instead, Ohio voters repealed the entire reform law in November 2011 and Ohio’s public sector Unions became stronger.
Being conservative should not mean you are not allowed to work strategically or have some patience.
Having spent some formative years living in the Wolverine State, I must say, I am stunned. Never have I been around such a bunch of hard-headed, rock-ribbed, my-way-or-the-highway, heads planted firmly up their arses Union types as when I lived in the Greater Detroit area.
I guess desperation makes you get smart in a hurry.
What about unions formed by employers, such as staffing agencies and temporary labor? They’re no different in their ultimate function, just the direction of the benefits & protection.
If it is going to be about freedom, then it should cover all possible forms of labor unions whether organized by employers or by employees through some third party.
Being shoved aside has created the special forces of conservatism in Michigan. We’ve been doing a lot of good things all by ourselves.
I’ve never seen unions as political to this degree in my life. This is simply about paybacks and open warfare now. Thank the MEA.
Mike Shirkey was my site unseen republican vote in 2010 and we really lucked out. He’s been pretty solid for right to work and against Obamacare.
Overall the legislature has been pretty good on fighting the land grabs and even has an anti Agenda21 bill in committee.
You mean fewer than 50% of the states “allow” liberty in the workplace?
Keep up the good work!
Here in California......Apocalypse NOW!
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