Skip to comments.Michiganders Are Leaving for Right to Work States
Posted on 09/14/2007 6:21:39 AM PDT by Big Labor Hater
The Wall Street Journal recently reported that Michigans auto-manufacturing jobs are on the decline, and young workers are quickly moving out of the state.
As one Michigan resident put it:
"Every week at my church I hear about two or three more young people moving South or Southwest," Mr. Warren says. "Too bad, because Michigan needs to keep its young people."
Mr. Warren echoes Mark Mixs call in the Detroit Free Press on Labor Day, stating:
Michigan simply isn't creating enough good jobs to keep its young employees from leaving for more prosperous states.
Michigan, one of 28 forced-unionism states, is home of the auto-industrys Big Three where United Auto Workers (UAW) union officials have a stranglehold over employee free choice. The state has seen its fair share of economic decline and is facing troubles both now and in the long-term.
According to data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau, between 1994 and 2004, the number of 25 to 34 year-olds in Michigan fell from 1.46 million to 1.29 million, a stinging decline of 10.6 percent. The data also indicate this decline is largely attributable to the absence of a Right to Work law in Michigan.
To retain its young employees and the energy and creativity they contribute, Michigan needs to create more jobs. And a Right to Work law would guarantee the right of employees to decide for themselves whether or not to join or financially support a union.
Angela Davis, a Michigan resident who intends to pursue a nursing career, started taking classes at a local university after being laid off from Chrysler earlier this year. She plans to return to Alabama, where her father lived before moving to Michigan.
Mrs. Davis hopes to graduate in 2010 and then retrace her father's journey, relocating her family to the South, where unemployment rates are lower than Michigan's 7.2%, the highest in the U.S. "Every time I visit down there it just feels like home," she says.
The whole Southern region of the U.S. is made up entirely of long-time Right to Work states.
Too bad. It’s a beautiful state with great people.
Those youngsters had better run faster.
Our idiot dems in the state are voting TODAY on two bills — one raises our income tax from 3.9 to 4.4 or 4.6 (I’m betting the latter); the other hikes the sales tax to 7% and would tax some services.
Yes, the state is nearly 2 BILLION in the red but heaven forbid they’d make necessary cuts, like teachers fatcat benefits and lunatic spending policy in the state government itself.
Run away! Run away!
Atlas Shrugged by the Younger Folks...
one can either cut off one’s nose to spite ones face.....
.... or you can get your lazy, socialist, union thug @$$ off the couch and go get a job....
Jobs, healthy economy, and lower taxes (mostly).
But the northern states keep doing what they did to run people off in the first place.
Unfortunately, too many of those who have fled the liberal nonsense of the north continue to vote the same way when they get down here and will bring the liberal nightmare here next.
Sounds just like the idiots running New Jersey.
I’m sure that a lot of the people leaving Michigan will find employment elsewhere. Some, of course, won’t. Many years ago during one of the Detroit cut backs I was in an auto repair shop when a man came in looking for work. He was from Detroit and had worked for thirteen years as a “mechanic.” Almost all of that time he was a “door handle mechanic” installing door handles on new cars. The shop owner was polite but explained that he didn’t need door handle mechanics.
A Japanese doctor says, “Medicine in my country is so advanced that we can take a kidney out of one man, put it in another, and have him out looking for work in six weeks.”
A German doctor says, “That is nothing. We can take a lung out of one person, put it in another, and have him out looking for work in four weeks.”
A British doctor says, “In my country medicine is so advanced that we can take half a heart out of one person, put it in another, and have both of them out looking for work in two weeks.”
A Canadian doctor, not to be outdone, interjected, “You guys are way behind. We took a woman with no brains, transplanted her to Michigan where she became Governor... and now half the state is out looking for work.”
Moved to Michigan after graduating from BGSU and Currently living in the Lansing area. My family is in the process of moving to South Carolina for a great job opportunity. Thank god I did not buy a house up here.
Wait until they lose to Notre Dame, they’ll be a stampede.
Virginia is a perfect example of what happens when northern liberals flee to "greener" pastures.
Economic growth is much greater in Right to Work states.
Oh, I wish I was in the land of cotton,
Old times there are not forgotten,
Look away, look away, look away Dixie Land.
In Dixie Land, where I was born in,
early on one frosty mornin’,
Look away, look away, look away Dixie Land.
I wish I was in Dixie, Hooray! Hooray!
In Dixie Land I’ll take my stand
to live and die in Dixie.
Away, away, away down south in Dixie.
Away, away, away down south in Dixie
I’m still grinning from the Oregon trouncing.
Out West, it is called "Californication"
Unions are a boil on a free economies ass. Like all socialist thought, they attempt to “control and regulate” some aspect of a market. Labor left on to itself is like any other commodity on a market with a demand and supply side.
If politicians and common folk really want to do something for the American worker, stem the influx of illegals, control the importation of good manufactured offshore that do not conform to FDA, EPA, or were built in non-compliance of OSHA, FLSA and other standards in some sweat shop or even using forced prison labor. Left to itself, labor internal to the US needs no help from some Union, which essentially is a middleman adding to the cost of labor but not producing anything themselves. Unions are a leach that suck and live from the work and ideas of others. Its the external threats that threaten US labor, and ironically Unions often add to the problem in this respect.
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