On March 28th, Michigan became the 24th right-to-work state. Union members can no longer be forced to pay union dues.
If they don’t like what their union is doing, they can show their discontent by hitting them in their purse. Right to work laws force unions to negotiate for their members, not for politicians.
Before the Michigan right-to-work* laws were upheld, unions rushed to make deals that kept the union dues mandatory.
The Taylor school district and the union made a deal for a five-year teacher contract with a 10% reduction in teacher pay. In exchange, teachers are forced to pay union dues for the next 10 years. Prior to that the union didn’t have a contract worked out for three years. Nice, huh?
This is ripe for court challenges.
Linda Moore, president of the Taylor teachers union, received the “outstanding organizer” award from state American Federation of Teachers for shutting down the school system so that teachers could protest right-to-work.
Real compensation growth in Right to Work states from 2002 to 2012, except Michigan and Indiana, was nearly three times as great as in forced-unionism states.
As Yale professor Edward Tufte said, “Correlation is not causation but it sure is a hint.”
If the Indiana and Michigan rights continue, it is expected their compensation and job growth will also be above the national average.
It will also make it harder for their unions to buy off politicians.
* RIGHT-TO-WORK: A right to work law secures the right of employees to decide for themselves whether or not to join or financially support a union It’s about freedom!
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