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The Irrelevance of "Right-to-Work" Laws

ksatifka Wrote: Dec 16, 2012 2:23 PM
Let's look at the other side of the 'right-to-work' argument. For example, around where I live, some construction companies choose to do their hiring through the construction union. They may have concluded that this is the best way to ensure quality labor. If that is their free choice, why is it any business of gov't to force them to consider hiring non-union workers?
jsenner Wrote: Dec 16, 2012 3:37 PM
Outsider, why does the availability of non-union labor equate to forcing anyone to consider hiring them? Your logic doesn't hold water.

Some people love right-to-work laws, and some people really hate them. The reaction in Michigan when Republican Gov. Rick Snyder signed one has been not only spirited but downright violent at times. The public was so fierce and divided that I was afraid the state might split into two separate parts. Oh, wait...

These laws have a mythic importance with advocates on the left and the right. One group sees them as a shimmering beacon of freedom against union bullying. In this view, they spur job creation, generate investment and free workers to choose whether to support unions.

Organized labor, on...