My family held its Christmas last weekend. My four siblings, their spouses and their kids and grandkids all congregated at the assisted living home where my mother (bless her soul) now lives with Alzheimers. It is probably good that she can’t remember much, because the party ended in a heated discussion about Michigan’s transition to a “right to work” state.
Made up of mostly teachers and cops, my siblings and their children were strongly divided on this issue- just like most of the voters in Michigan, I presume. My wife and I, had opposing viewpoints. Heck, one brother-in-law was really in a quandary. As a union supporter he was not in favor of “right to work.” But as a state cop, he was being called on to oversee Tuesday’s protest, and protect the legislators who were ultimately voting for the new law.
Although, I understand the fears of opponents of “right to work” I do see it as a healthy boost to the economy of Michigan- and if there is a state, that needs help, it’s Michigan.
“Right to Work” simply allows workers who object to being forced into a union to get a job, now have a choice to opt out. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard a person complain about their union- they don’t do anything for them, and the dues are so expensive. Well now those people don’t have to pay those dues.
That seems fair to me. It brings more accountability to the union. Maybe unions will do more for their membership now, than simply being an extension of the Democratic Party. Let’s face it, the UAW is just that- they spend more money on lobbying and effectuating policy than they do helping individual members.
One only has to look south, to see the effects of “Right to Work.” Indiana passed the legislation a few years ago, and is now leading the nation in job growth. Likewise, there is no evidence of a mass exodus from labor unions, and wages are actually going up, not down.
Governor Rick Snyder has certainly made a name for himself in his first two years of office. His message of change, when he was running for office, appealed to voters. They were tired of eight years of Jennifer Granholm, in which she literally did nothing.
Snyder is the antithesis of Granholm. In two years he has pushed and prevailed on a new bridge to Canada, demanded Detroit get their fiscal house in order, or the State will takeover, and now has signed “Right to Work” legislation in to law in the State that essentially is the birthplace of the Union.
Whether you agree with his positions, or not, we are certainly getting our money’s worth from our state’s top leader. He is not napping on the job.
And guess what- in two years the Union brotherhood will have the opportunity to send Snyder and his Republican cronies packing, if “right to work” legislation is as bad as they predict it will be. Heck, at that point, they can get it placed on the ballot, and with enough voters, get the issue repealed. So it isn’t the death of unionism as some might predict- only a period of reorganization.