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1837, 08 Mar 23

Michigan to Return to Forced Unionization

This could be a boon for Wisconsin if we had a governor who knew how to play it. Instead, I’m sure Indiana will appreciate the new manufacturing jobs.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s Democratic-led Legislature moved Wednesday to repeal the state’s “right-to-work” law that was passed more than a decade ago when Republicans controlled the Statehouse.


Repealing the law, which prohibits public and private unions from requiring that nonunion employees pay union dues even if the union bargains on their behalf, has been a top priority for Democrats since they took full control of the state government this year. Party leaders announced Tuesday that they planned bring the repeal to a vote in the state House on Wednesday.


The state House is also expected to vote Wednesday on restoring the state’s prevailing wage law, which requires contractors hired for state projects to pay union-level wages. The House Labor Committee advanced the bills early Wednesday along party lines.



1837, 08 March 2023

1 Comment

  1. MjM

    Michigan has lost 20,000+/- manufacturing jobs over the last four years already and this won’t exactly help. Add in GM and Ford’s billions-dollars push towards PlugIns, meaning less MFG jobs required, and automation, meaning even lesser MFG jobs, and WI or IN isn’t going to see much movement.

    Once again it is Joe Taxpayer who ends up with the “union-level pay” shaft up his end.

    But at least….

    Repealing the law, which prohibits public and private unions…..

    ….will affect only the dwindling private unions because…

    The First Amendment is violated when money is taken from nonconsenting employees for a public-sector union; employees must choose to support the union before anything is taken from them. Accordingly, neither an agency fee nor any other form of payment to a public-sector union may be deducted from an employee, nor may any other attempt be made to collect such a payment, unless the employee affirmatively consents to pay.. – SCOTUS, 6/27/18, Janus v AFSCME.

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