Wall Street Journal (12/12/12) Matthew Dolan; Kris Maher
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed two right-to-work bills on Dec. 11 that would allow workers in unionized workplaces in both the public and private sectors to opt out of paying union dues. Experts say the Michigan laws, which follow on the heels of similar legislation in Wisconsin and Indiana, emphasize unions’ weakening clout nationwide. Supporters of the bills, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, believe they will make the state more competitive. The laws go into effect 90 days after the close of the lame-duck session, making Michigan the 24th state with right-to-work laws in place.