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For the umpteenth time: No, wages won't collapse.

… challenge in defending the right-to-work concept, it isn't researching … Patriot : By undermining workers rights, this unfair scheme … more

The Intellectual Firepower Against Right-to-Work

Who's who on right-to-work

… opponents of a Michigan right-to-work law cite figures generated … of employment. The right-to-work law in Michigan … the communications workers union; the food … more

Right-to-Work Will be Blamed

If Gov. Snyder loses re-election

… support and enactment of right-to-work. Blaming a Gov. Snyder loss on right-to-work would, of course, be … more

Right-to-Work and the Mackinac Center

Touting labor freedom for 25 years

… freedom to choose their workplace destiny through a right-to-work law, which … closer to granting workers the freedom to choose … that window toward right-to-work since 1990, … more
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Making Michigan Right-to-Work: Encouraging School Districts to Follow the Law

When Michigan s right-to-work law was passed in December … questions under Michigan s right-to-work law. These districts … district unions have worked in conjunction with … more

UAW Flier Short on Facts

Union right-to-work myths dispelled

… together a flier on right-to-work "facts" that it is … their counterparts in right to work for less states." Fact: Unions … untrue. Claim: "Workers in free bargaining … more

Right-to-Work, Tax Rates Paint Interesting Picture

Worker freedom, low taxes draw people

… statistics numbers involves right-to-work laws and American migration. … have moved from non-right-to-work states to ones with … more

Right-to-Work Laws Work

New study shows economic advantages

… Policy released a new right-to-work study titled, " Economic Growth and Right-to-Work Laws " in which these … more

Is Right-to-Work Racist?

'In a right-to-work state, I am a free man because my labor belongs to me'

… in the debate over right-to-work in Michigan. Michigan … naturally be supportive of right-to-work laws. "All of the … more

2014 Election Aftermath

Unions' bark worse than their bite

… a labor stronghold, right-to-work was nowhere to be found … was the saliency of right-to-work as a negative … season, the only time worker freedom came up was … more

Right-to-Work in Michigan: A Visual Time Line

How the Center and others led the effort for two decades.

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Unionized Government Takes and Spends More

… arbitration laws, and right-to-work status. Here s … more

The False Social Concerns About Right-to-Work

… expresses concern that right-to-work states are doing worse … trends are in favor of right-to-work or forced unionism states, … more

Poll Results Could Be Positive Indicator For Right-to-Work Advocates

Michigan State University poll finds only 41 percent think right-to-work law will hurt Michigan

… adults believe the new right-to-work law will either help … same day that state's right-to-work law officially took … more

Right-to-Work: The Form to be Free

… Teamsters, describes how MIWorkerFreedom.org helped him exercise his Right-to-Work by providing information … more

Right-to-Work Legislation Possible in Indiana

How will this affect Michigan?

… to act quickly on a right-to-work bill that could be introduced … for Michigan. Right-to-work laws prohibit employers … more

Fears of Right-to-Work Proving False

In the most important economic measures, RTW states dominating

… Michigan becoming a right-to-work state, opponents predicted … growth and population right-to-work states are far … what would happen to workers and the state. But … more

Right-to-Work Laws Influence Migration

People flocking to RTW states

… critics who claim that right-to-work laws reduce economic … decade, six have a right-to-work law and a seventh … more

Former MEA Local Prez: Union May Lose 40% of Members – Including Him – if Teacher Right to Work Passes

… much-talked about right-to-teach legislation … Association membership if right-to-work for teachers became … perspective of the worker, Malanga said. That s … more

New Evidence: Right-to-Work Laws Work

Center scholar co-authors CEI study

… effects for states with right-to-work laws. RTW states enjoy … capital, firms and workers. Eventually these … more
Cover: Making Michigan Right-to-Work

Making Michigan Right-to-Work: Encouraging School Districts to Follow the Law

When Michigan s right-to-work law was passed in December … union tried to avoid right-to-work. Incredibly, … district unions have worked to avoid and circumvent … more

Employees In Right-to-Work States Are Richer

When adjusting for the cost of living, workers in right-to-work states have 4.1 percent higher incomes

Scores of right-to-work critics ranging from … per-capita incomes in right-to-work states as why the new … more

The Human Side of Right-to-Work Legislation

These are real people who have been hurt by forced unionization

… closer to becoming a right-to-work state, the focus often … one. In our state, right now, tens of thousands … reasons to support worker freedom based on that … more

MEA Misleads on Oklahoma Right-to-Work Numbers

In the past decade, Oklahoma jobs are up 3.8 percent while Michigan is down 13.8 percent

… were to become a right-to-work state , unions could … putting together a Right to Work Facts page, … Around the country, many workers flee their union … more

Survey: Teachers in Right-to-Work States Live Quite Comfortably

However, teachers' union still pushing stories that claim right-to-work linked to poverty, problems

… bemoans life in a right-to-work state in a story … which already was a right-to-work state. Dennis lamented … more

Senate Leader Supports Right to Work For Teachers

… R-Monroe, said he will support right-to-work for public school employees, calling it a right-to-teach. Richardville … didn t support right-to-work for the entire state, … more

From Long Shot to Victory

Larry Reed recalls right-to-work fight

… we had called for a right-to-work law for Michigan, but … freedom-related issues including right-to-work and when Idaho … was: "So let's get to work on it!" I had lived … more

What Right-to-Work Means

A view from a union contract

… of becoming the 24th right-to-work state in the nation. Rep. … Levin called it "frightful ... for the people … can see what right-to-work actually does in practice, … more

Right-to-Work States See Larger Gains

Personal income and population growth numbers released

… the passage of the right-to-work law had in the performance, … between states with a right-to-work law and those without … more

Right-to-Work States Have Higher Incomes

When adjusted for cost-of-living

… claim by opponents of right-to-work, whether it be from … income is lower in right-to-work states. But these naysayers … more

Government Is Different From Unions

The fallacy of a 'right-to-live' law

… promotes in MLive a right-to-live law to balance right-to-work laws in Michigan. … the attempt to make worker freedom proponents … more

Right-to-Work Gives Teachers a Choice

Unions aren't the only option if employees want protection

… transitions to a right-to-work state , the main benefit … more

Count Update: 145 School Districts Have Deals That Dodge Right-to-Work

… school districts signed right-to-work-dodging contracts that … 28 when the state's right-to-work law went to effect. … more

Right-to-Work States Have Lower Workplace Injury Rates

Big Labor’s fatal error on state employee afflictions

… Labor that becoming a right-to-work state will result in lower workplace safety. This is … Oklahoma, which became a right-to-work state in 2001. … more

Study: Right-to-Work Laws Lead To More People, More Jobs and Higher Pay

Report looks at RTW states and data from 1947 through 2011

States that have passed right-to-work laws have seen increased … totally disentangle right-to-work from every other … allowed states to give workers the choice of whether … more

History, Economics and Right-to-Work

… 2012 passage of a right-to-work law in Michigan was … economics displayed by anti-right-to-work politicians on the inside. The … more

School Union Proposes 9-Year Contract To Prevent Members From Exercising Right To Not Pay Dues

Berkley Education Association tries to avoid right-to-work law

… members from having the right to opt out of the union. The … state's new right-to-work law, which gives workers the right to not … allow the union the right to pursue any other … more

Indiana Leads the Manufacturing Belt

… poised to pass a right-to-work law , which would make … gain from enacting a right-to-work measure. A right-to-work … more

Rule Request Would Require Public Sector Unions To Notify Members Of When They Are Eligible To Resign

Union members often unaware of limited windows when they can opt out under state's right-to-work law

Having the right to leave a union doesn't … the state's right-to-work law, union members can … sense," said Patrick Wright, vice president of legal … the state's right-to-work law went into effect, … more

At Least 90 School Contracts Expire This Month, Allowing Teachers To Leave Union

August is the only month for school employees to exercise right-to-work rights

… teacher. When the right-to-work law was signed, teachers … past the date in which right-to-work took effect. Derk … more

Making Michigan Right-to-Work: Implementation Problems in Public Schools

… of Michigan's new "right-to-work" law by public school … more
Right-to-Work Comparisons

A Pair of Republicans Help House Dems Dump Right-to-Work

… permitted to create "right-to-work zones." Within these … whether it provides right-to-work protections to its workers. … more

Strong Support for Right-to-Work Measures in the Michigan Legislature

… Indiana may soon enact a right-to-work law, a long-simmering Michigan … wrote earlier , right-to-work states appear to have … more

Republicans Against Right-to-Work

Four Michigan Senators voted against worker freedom

… years, many doubted a right-to-work bill had enough support … the nation's 24th right-to-work state made headlines … however, voted against giving workers the freedom to choose … more

Right-to-Work Laws Are Not Inspired By Hitler

The Nazis saw government as the absolute authority

… While at the union right-to-work protests this past … strange: Is allowing workers the right to choose whether to … more

Michigan Is a Right-to-Work State

Violent union protest outside leads to vandalism, damaged equipment, a tent pulled down onto children and an assault

… the nation s 24th right-to-work state. Gov. Rick … believe this is pro-worker." Under right-to-work laws, no employee … more

Fears of Right-to-Work Proving False

… Michigan becoming a right-to-work state, opponents predicted … growth and population right-to-work states are far … what would happen to workers and the state. But … more

CMU, Ferris State Protecting Worker Rights

Some universities not agreeing to lengthy agreements that force faculty, others to pay dues or fees after right-to-work law goes into effect

… averted the state's new right-to-work law. The Ferris … from exercising their right to decide if they want … nation's 24th right-to-work state late last year. Some … more

What a Right-to-Work Law Will Mean For Indiana

… of passing a state right-to-work law. Such a law would prevent workers from being compelled … government passes a right-to-work law, and if … more

Reopening Union Contracts Could Free Workers

Altering contracts will trigger right-to-work law, according to legal expert

… avoid the state's right-to-work law may trigger it anyway … 27 deadline for the right-to-work law to take effect. "We … more

Right-to-Work: What Now for Schools?

… unions, making it a right-to-work state. While … implementation of the right-to-work law would deprive a … more

Tea Party Groups Engaged In Battle For Right-To-Work

… deal with a possible right-to-work bill and union executives … heard regarding the right-to-work discussion in Lansing. "We're … more

School Districts Across the State Violating Michigan Right-to-Work Law

Thousands of teachers misled into believing they have to pay union dues

… union contracts after right-to-work became law kept language … Public Schools, said the right-to-work legislation was still … more

Right-to-Work Event Marred By Protesters Spitting At Worker Freedom Advocates

Union activists and supporters disrupt event where Mackinac Center expert was invited to speak

… protesters holding anti-right-to-work and other signs … Wash., to talk about worker freedom resorted to … so worried about the right-to-work event Thursday … about the benefits of worker freedom. However, … more

Freedom to Work: A New Right-To-Work Effort in Michigan

… states that have enacted right-to-work laws. These laws allow workers to choose whether … "Michigan Freedom to Work" held a news conference … more

State Economic Development Group Has Little To Do With Job Success

Analyst: 'Right-to-work’s success will be determined by Michigan’s overall economic performance'

… of the state's new right-to-work law. In an MLive … say in how successful right-to-work will be in Michigan. "Right-to-work's … more

Collective Bargaining a 'Right' to Coerce

"Positive rights" and "negative rights" are the confusing … with an individual worker if at some time in … passing a right-to-work law. Michigan has … more

Michigan Loses $2.5 billion Yearly Income; Right to Work States Gain Billions

… growth in income were right-to-work states. The National Right To Work Legal Defense Foundation … more

Worker Freedom Advocates Lobby Legislators in Lansing

Event held to urge a right-to-work vote and show support for legislators who vote 'yes'

LANSING Right-to-work supporters were straightforward … state lawmakers Tuesday: Right-to-work is an issue that needs … more

Kroger Reaches Deal With Union Postponing Right-to-Work Law

… before the state's right-to-work law goes into effect, … It Universities Dodging Right-to-Work Law Under Scrutiny Taylor … representing Kroger workers in Michigan pushed … more

Lawmaker: 'No Real Savings’ in Wayne State Contract

Contract with little financial benefit that avoids right-to-work law could cost university

… unions dodge Michigan's right-to-work law without getting … February. Under Michigan s new right-to-work law, requiring an employee … more

Michigan Becomes 24th Right-to-Work State in the Nation

‘The power an idea can have when it is pursued with principle and persistence,’ says Center president

… Michigan the 24th right-to-work state in the nation. The … Center has said right-to-work was right for Michigan … more

Right-to-Work Poll Numbers Fit the Pattern

… nation's 24 th right-to-work state , some polls … that has some excited right now was done by Democratic-leaning … he wanted right-to-work legislation delivered … more

Judge Upholds Right-to-Work Dodging Tactic

… denies teachers their right to leave their union for … recently passed right-to-work law. "If upheld, … from exercising the right to leave the union without … Following Right-to-Work more

Legislation Announced to Make Michigan the 24th Right-to-Work State in the Nation

‘Historic day for both Michigan and the nation,’ says labor policy expert

… Lake State the 24th right-to-work state in the nation, … freedom. Extending right-to-work protections … Snyder termed the Workplace Fairness and Equity … more

More Teachers Than Ever Now Know Opt-Out Rights

Courageous teachers stood up to MEA bullying

… inform them of their rights. These teachers … finally recognized their rights to leave despite missing … eligible to exercise their rights. The number of members … more

Right-to-Work States Attracting More Citizens, Wealth

Eight of top 10 states increasing personal income were RTW

… to those states were right-to-work states, according to … overall. Michigan became a right-to-work state in March. Only … more

MEA Spends More On Salaries, Benefits Than Member Representation

Union deficit, spending issues hit as Michigan becomes right-to-work state

… increased. Michigan's new right-to-work law , which goes into … 'Free-Rider Problem' Myth In Right-to-Work Debate Teacher … researches the inner workings of teachers unions … more

In Defense of Liberty: Unions, Right-to-Work and Majority Rule

… institutions. Many opponents of right-to-work laws justify their ability … opposing laws that protect worker freedom. It is … republic in which certain rights of the individual are … more

Early Returns On Michigan As a Right-to-Work State: Incomes Rising

State's per-capita income growth ninth fastest in the nation

When Michigan passed right-to-work in December of 2012, … officials derided it as right-to-work for less . Senate … quick to predict that workers compensation would … more

Recalls Could Include Republicans Who Voted 'No' on Right To Work

Democrat consultant: 'The idea that you can do a bunch of successful recalls is unrealistic'

… of Republicans enacting right-to-work legislation , there … Republicans who voted against right to work in the picture. There … more

Despite Media Claims, Michigan Among Highest Job Growth States

Top jobs producing states are right-to-work

… Snyder s policies such as right-to-work and cutting business … except Colorado are right-to-work states*. Michigan's … more

Superintendent Doing Something About Illegal Contract Provision

Head of Northport Public Schools making sure teachers are informed of their rights

… violates the state s right-to-work law by stating that … contrary to the state's right-to-work law. Several have indicated … more

Right-to-Work States Dominating In Job Growth

… for job growth are right-to-work states, while nearly … job growth are non-right-to-work states. More broadly, … more

Professionalizing the Teaching Profession

… represent a form of right-to-work for teachers. Even … essentially supports right-to-work for public school teachers, … more

Fact and Fiction About Right-to-Work: A Reality Check at the One-Year Anniversary

Opponents predicted economic collapse, dangerous workplaces and other things that didn't happen

… Michigan adopting a right-to-work law predicted dire consequences for the state if workers were given the rightworkers were given the right to decide if they wanted … more

Some School Districts and Unions Embrace Right-to-Work

Pewamo-Westphalia and Hamilton put worker freedom into union contracts

… impeded implementation of right-to-work before the March 27 … union contracts before the right-to-work law took effect, but … more

Majority of Fastest-Growing U.S. Cities Are In Right-to-Work States

77 of the top 100

… cities were in Texas, a right-to-work state. The state was … fastest-growing cities were in right-to-work states. Eighteen … more

Universities Dodging Right-to-Work Law Under Scrutiny

Wayne State University agrees to unprecedented contract

Negotiating right-to-work-dodging contract extensions could … funding. Michigan's new right-to-work law prohibits contracts … more

'We'll Be At Your Daughter's Soccer Game!'

Union protest speaker tells governor that union members will 'visit you' everywhere over right-to-work bill

… union protest against right-to-work legislation said if … making Michigan a right-to-work state . One … thousands of union workers. After his promises … more

VIDEOS: Union Right-to-Work Protest Goes Violent

'Worker freedom' tent ripped down; filmmaker punched in the face

… Capitol as they protested right-to-work bills that were being … also: Facts On Right to Work vs. Forced Unionization … harassed members of the "workers freedom" coalition who … more

'Real Jobs' vs. 'Job Announcements' In Right-to-Work Debate

Media cites questionable study

The debate over right-to-work has seen statistics … its move to become a right-to-work state, and specifically … more

School Districts Closed Because Of Excessive Teacher Absences Over Right-to-Work

Students suffer because 'several hundred' teachers call in sick to attend right-to-work protest in Lansing

… to protest proposed right-to-work legislation, which … teachers, made the right call. "I think … against proposed right-to-work legislation. Taylor … more

For State Employees, 2014 Means Finally Having the Freedom To Choose

Right-to-work now an option

… Dec. 31, meaning that right-to-work now applies to the vast … can exercise their rights immediately. "Yes, … provide that these state workers can revoke payment … more

RTW States Lead the Way

More income, population growth

… debate in Michigan over right-to-work, critics commonly incited … meant "giving you the right to work for less money." As … incomes for Michigan workers. For example, … more

Michigan Poorer Than Average Of Right-to-Work States

Trends show RTW states growing faster in population, jobs and income

… per-capita earnings in right-to-work states are about $5,000 less than in non-right-to-work states. What he … more

What a Union Looks Like in a RTW State

Alabama UAW shuns rhetoric, gives honest answers

… to begin unionizing workers in right-to-work states. The words … remember Alabama is a Right to Work state; therefore, … more

Income Growth In Right-to-Work States Significantly Higher

Since 1990, most of states with fastest wage growth are RTW while most with least wage growth are non-RTW

… Michigan becoming a right-to-work state President Obama … the bottom" and "the right to work for less money." The … more

Right-to-Work States Gain Union Members While Other States Lose Hundreds of Thousands

RTW states added 39,000 members while forced unionism states lost 390,000 members

… 22 states that were right-to-work saw an increase in the … Statistics. The right-to-work states had an overall … more

UAW President Bob King Admits Proposal 2 Was About Right-to-Work

… ballot wasn't about right-to-work. United Auto Workers President Bob King … the legislature for right-to-work legislation. … more

Michigan Union Invokes Slavery in Argument Against Right-to-Work Law

Teamsters make claim in court filing

… their argument against right-to-work, court documents show. Teamsters … stated Dec. 6 that right-to-work was "a violation of … more

Legal Expert: Reopening School Union Contracts Makes Them Subject To Right-to-Work

… to avoid the state's right-to-work law, but some have … give union members the right to leave the union. That's … days before right-to-work became effective. Michigan … more

School Haze: Contract Convoluted Regarding Right-to-Work

Armada Area Schools has unenforceable language in teacher contract

… of the union under right-to-work. Musary said the … enforced. Patrick Wright, vice president for … 2013. Michigan's right-to-work law went into effect … more

At Least 54 School Districts Have Contracts Dodging Michigan's Right-to-Work Law

… that dodge the new right-to-work law. Michigan's … to regardless of the right-to-work law, it is not … December and freed workers from having to pay … more

Right-to-Work Law Means Less Money For Union Political Power Grabs

… wasn't interested in a right-to-work bill, but when labor … would have prevented a right-to-work law from ever happening. One … more

Numbers Game

Media inflates number of protesters at rally against worker freedom

… would have banned a right-to-work law in Michigan, among … the rally against worker freedom at the state … instead of concentrated right in front of the Capitol. … more

Republican House Members Who Voted Against Right-to-Work

House Reps: 'I voted my district'

… Michigan the nation's 24th right-to-work state. On both … widely supported giving workers the freedom to choose … members who voted against right-to-work are starting … more

Lawsuit Filed Against Teamsters For Extra Fee Imposed On Right-to-Work Employees

Lawyer: Price of union monopoly 'is that they have to represent all workers equally'

… in violation of the right-to-work law passed in December. Teamsters … former Teamsters union workers who say charging … employees. "I was waiting for [right-to-work] for a long … more

Bipartisan Senate Panel To Investigate Possible MEA Right-to-Work Violations

Teacher: '[Since dropping union] I have been subjected to intimidation, bullying and even threats to ruin my credit rating'

… to avoid the state's right-to-work law. Allegations … granted employees the right to opt out of union … legislation passed in 2012, workers in Michigan have … more

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