Michigan will become the 24th state to enact"Right-to-Work" laws and the all to typical reaction is taking place at their state Capitol. The all to familiar sights of union demonstrators vandalizing property, knocking down and yelling obscenities at supporters of the legislation and general thuggery and intimidation of union members reminds of us of how nearly two years ago, Wisconsin faced the same behavior.
There was a time in our country where men died to give us freedom, now we have just the opposite occuring on a far to often basis. The fundamental right of freedom is being challenged by these thugs. They don't believe that you have the freedom to choose whether to be represented by their union. They don't believe you have the freedom to not pay for their so-called protection. No, they would rather fight to ensure that you are judged by their performance and not yours as an individual.
More and more, workers are turning away from unions, that have done little to protect jobs or improve working conditions in nearly five decades. They want no part of union leadership that sets out to safeguard their jobs at the expense of laying off younger workers. Oh, they say that in these "right-to work" states that wages are nearly $1,500 less per year than non "right-to-work" states, but they fail to tell you that the union dues they collect average over $1,500 annually.
They fail to tell you that in almost every state that has enacted these laws, unemployment rates are below the national average. It has also been shown to increase the number of businesses, as some businesses would never consider states that don't have the provision.
Wisconsin, which has already been in the mix with the passage of Act 10, needs to consider granting the same freedom to chose whether to be unionized or not, to the private sector. And further, give individuals the freedom to decide if unions are in their own best interest.
We have already seen examples in Wisconsin that when unions have to compete and not force membership, they either deliver a better product or go under. Yes, you will hear the liberals denounce this as they have in every other state, but if we have learned anything from our own example, the majority agree with less unionization, or at least that one must forcibly pay union dues and be mandated to be in a union.
As long as unions want to be a political arm of the Democratic Party, they will face these challenges, and more often than not, lose. I say congrats to Michigan and on Wisconsin.