Right to Work Laws

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THE EFFECTS OF RIGHT TO WORK LAWS. IS IT RIGHT FOR MICHIGAN? March 9, 2012 INTRODUCTION: Should our state adopt a right-to-work law? This is a hot topic that continues to be contested all over the United States. The purpose of this paper is to examine whether the right-to-work law is good for the state of Michigan. If ever passed in Michigan, the right-to-work law would guarantee that no person could be compelled, as a condition of employment, to join or to pay dues to a labor union. Supporters of right-to-work laws point to research that say that right-to-work laws have a positive effect on states that adopt them while opponents of right-to-work…show more content…
The main reasons why people oppose right-to-work laws are because they claim that these laws damage unions and lower wages. Supporters of the right-to-work laws state these laws spur a state’s economic activity, lead to increased job growth and lower unemployment, and make states more attractive to business. From the research done on this topic, I have found numerous credible studies that have shown that wages in right-to-work and non-right-to-work states are about the same, and if anything right-to-work states have slightly higher wages. The choice is clear to me, the benefits of right-to-work laws, mainly stronger economic growth and new job creation; outweigh the suggested negative right-to-work laws, mainly the possibility of weakened unions and wages. In either case the research revealed that the real wages are the same, but the economic growth and job creation are different. I believe a right-to-work law would benefit the state of Michigan. PERSONAL COMMENTS/REACTION: I came across the CNN Money article “What right-to-work laws really mean,” while browsing the Internet for a topic for this research paper. After reading that article it became apparent to me that Indiana’s decision to embrace a right-to-work law was a significant push in the area of worker’s rights in labor unions. I continued looking into the topic and found an article from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy that outlined the pros and cons of the state of
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