Supporters of Michigan’s right-to-work measure, which has been in effect for one week, are busy preparing to defend the law from powerful labor unions.
A pair of federal courts struck down union challenges to labor reforms in Indiana and Wisconsin, preserving major Republican gains aimed at cutting costs and attracting business.
Michigan workers will have to wait until at least April to opt out of forced unionism, but one of the chief architects of the state’s right-to-work movement said the benefits will soon become apparent.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder will make Michigan one of the largest right-to-work states in the country on Tuesday but opponents are vowing to fight the legislation.
President Obama attacked right-to-work states Monday in a speech to the AFL-CIO’s Building and Construction Trades Department Legislative Conference, saying the measures are political and “not about economics.”
Local businessmen in the least-unionized state in the country are worried that organizers of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., are putting the Democratic Party’s alliance with organized labor ahead of local businesses—as well as state law.