Watching the reaction of some union members you would have thought a mass murder had occurred in the state of Michigan. But what simply happened was a law was changed that exists in 23 others states and may soon be enacted in others. Right-to-work laws makes sense and it is as clear as the sky on a cloudless summer day.
The unions are particularly outraged about the turn of events in Michigan because they had just attempted a power play of their own during the November 6th election. They tried to ensconce in the state constitution their right to collective bargaining and cleanse all state laws of any restrictions on those rights. That attempt failed miserably. This turn of events that makes Michigan the 24th state with a right- to-work law totally irks the Union Establishment.
But what is the truth about the unions’ claims of Armageddon for the worker? One assumes that unions have the right to exist in America because that has been the case since 1935 with the passing of the Wagner Act. But it is the way they exist that has been brought into question. The fact is they have brought this matter upon themselves.
Anyone who claims that unions did not improve the lot of the worker is a blind ideologue. The problem rests with how unions and their leaders have used their goodwill with the people to destroy their image due to their strong-arming of the public, and, more specifically, the companies that they had unionized. The downfall of the Big Three auto companies can be laid at the feet of management, but their labor partners were just as complicit.
The unions lost sight of who they represent. That is because there is not one union member of the United Auto Workers that has ever voted for the union. They came to work at Ford or GM and were told you will be a union member. You are told you will have dues taken directly out of your paycheck and you will follow the work rules established for your position. If the unions actually had a reauthorization vote every two years, they might actually have to be in touch with their current membership, but that was not part of their vision of operation. Unions felt that once authorized, they have an endless existence. Of course, except in the case of Hostess where they drove them out of business.