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State's unionization rate drops significantly, RTW a likely contributor

LANSING - Labor union membership in Michigan took a significant hit in 2014, dropping to 14.5 percent union workforce penetration from 16.3 percent in 2013. The decline represents a loss of 48,000 workers. ..

Locked Capitol doors, stuffed gallery lead to unions' right-to-work lawsuit

DETROIT – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and a coalition of labor unions filed a motion Oct. 29 asking a court to rule that state officials blatantly violated the Open Meetings Act when they locked the public out of the state Capitol Building in 2012 as lawmakers deliberated over the controversial right-to-work law. ..

Michigan's right-to-work law was all about GOP's attempt to bust state's unions

LANSING – After two years in office of denying that RTW was on his agenda, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed the measure in December 2012. According to the AP, Snyder pointed to reports that almost 90 companies have set up shop in Indiana (not true, by the way) after that state enacted RTW earlier in 2012. ..

AFL-CIO's Trumka: To avoid an 'ass-kicking,' labor needs to step up its political outreach, big-time

DETROIT – Passage of Michigan’s right-to-work law in 2012 by Gov. Rick Snyder and the Republican Legislature “shivered the timbers of every union in every state,” said AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka. ..

Poll, perhaps, delivers RTW surprise for Michigan labor

Maybe the shock of Michigan becoming a right-to-work state has worn off. Maybe the law that allows free-riders to decline to pay union dues but enjoy the higher pay and benefits provided by collective bargaining hasn’t affected enough workers. ..

Snyder's pension tax hike, right-to-work support lead to lift in polling for Schauer

Four years ago, a pair of candidates who were largely unknown to most of Michigan ran for governor. The Democratic candidate, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, was trounced by Republican Rick Snyder, a venture capitalist and former Gateway Computer CEO. ..

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RTW push claims 5,000 in MEA ..

Right-to-work states aren't on right track, either

Economically, Michigan is as sick as they come. So would instituting a union-killing, wage-lowering right-to-work law open the door to new businesses and return the state to fiscal prosperity? ..