Labor unions in Michigan weren’t able to stop right-to-work legislation from being passed, so they’re working around it by locking workers into long term contracts. That way the workers won’t be able to opt out of the unions and get out of paying dues for years.
Unions are rushing to circumvent Michigan’s right-to-work law before it takes effect using new long-term contracts that lock workers into paying union dues for as long as ten years. This rush to obstruct the law works against the public interest.
For the state legislatures that pass them and the governors who sign them, right-to-work laws that prohibit requiring
the payment of union dues as a condition of employment are all about jobs. From 2001 to 2010, employment grew 8.2 percent in right-to-work states and declined 0.5 percent in non-right-to-work states, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, whose state was the 23rd state to pass a right-to-work law, said that on the day the law was passed his “phone began literally ringing…with companies wanting to come to our state.”
Pressuring employers to enter into long-term contracts that deprive their employees of the choice the law provides suggests that unions consider collecting dues to be more important than creating jobs. This unfortunate message threatens to further erode public support for unions, which fell 17 percent from 2007 to 2010, according to the Pew Research Center.
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