New website launches highlighting worker freedom in the state
Michigan officially is a right-to-work state and as soon as current contracts are up, workers can exercise their right to not pay dues or agency fees to a union to keep their job.
To provide information to workers and interested residents, the Mackinac Center for Public Policy has launched a new website featuring "fast facts" about right-to-work vs. non-right-to-work states, a frequently asked questions (FAQ) page, and videos and articles highlighting union workers and business owners in the state.
The page also features a questionnaire union workers can easily fill out that would allow them to decide whether to resign their union membership and stop money from being removed from their paychecks.
"This new website will be an important and useful tool for Michigan residents searching for answers — including those who wish to voluntarily continue to financially support their union — as well as the general public," said F. Vincent Vernuccio, director of labor policy for the Mackinac Center. "In the long run, right-to-work will mean more and better jobs for Michigan and, we hope, stronger unions that are more accountable to their membership and focus on their workers rather than the special interests."
The website can be found at www.MIWorkerFreedom.org.
“Right-to-work states typically enjoy higher wage growth, higher employment growth, lower unemployment and, when cost of living is factored into the equation, higher income,” the site explains.
Capitol Confidential has extensively covered the issue of right-to-work laws in Michigan and nationally. Links to that coverage are below.