Friday, December 14, 2012
Update on Michigan
The almost unthinkable occurred this week. Michigan elected to make the freedom to choose a new state law.
Both houses of its legislature and its governor signed into law legislation enabling MI workers who choose not to join unions decide whether or not to pay union dues. Heretofore, all workers had to cough up union dues even if they did not wish to become a union member. And as we know, not everyone who belongs to a union agrees with the default position unions take: supporting the Democrat Party almost exclusively. And so, Michigan has become the 24th "Right to Work" state in the Union. And I would predict that many more will soon follow.
Right to work states have considerably lower unemployment rates than do those with forced unionization. Yes, they often have slightly lower pay rates, for when forced unionization is kicked to the curb, also trashed is so-called "prevailing wages." But most would agree a job at slightly lower wages is better than no job at all. And no job at all is what's happening in states not choosing to see the light. California is a prime example.
So, even as Detroit is going bankrupt, almost certainly to be taken over by the state, the state itself has taken a step toward fiscal sanity. Those doubting my assertion are invited to take a look at Indiana and Ohio and Wisconsin. All have Republican governors. All have adopted new legislation limiting restrictive organized labor policies, or eliminating them altogether. And all have eliminated budget shortfalls, attracted new businesses and lowered unemployment rates. Michigan will very likely now do the same.
I end this posting with one simple question: Why, pray tell, are those who so loudly demand the right to choose whether or not to abort a fetus, also so strident in their demand that we relinquish all such choice in where to send our kids to school or whether to pay union dues?
I guess the "right to choose" depends upon who's doing the choosing...