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The Irrelevance of "Right-to-Work" Laws

Thomas274 Wrote: Dec 16, 2012 3:09 PM
Unions think they're the only ones who have the right to association, but they're about to find out that employers do as well. So they can keep their brotherhoods, and swear at one another for having put themselves out of the labor market.

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...