As can be expected, Big Labor did not want the bills to become laws and did its best to kill the Right to Work bills. Big Labor knows that it loses money when individual workers have the freedom to decide for themselves whether or not they wish to join or give money to unions.
is also home of the automobile
industry and the United Auto Workers Union. Michigan
Amy Payne of The Heritage Foundation wrote, "Regardless of news reports, the people of
are behind this. A recent poll showed that 51 percent of Michigan voters support
right-to-work. Only 41 percent are
opposed. In fact, 40 percent of union
households supported it. In November, Michigan voters rejected
a ballot proposal that would have amended the state constitution to prevent the
legislature from passing a right-to-work law and elevated union contracts above
state law. The New York Times called it `a test case on enshrining the rights
of unions" and unions spent more than $23 million campaigning for the
initiative. It lost by 15 points." Michigan
Big Labor worked hard to keep these bills from becoming laws. Lawsuits were filed, protesters were brought in by bus,
teachers called in sick, and legislators walked out of session. They even brought in their biggest "gun," even President Barack Obama to campaign for Big Labor in
As he does with almost every subject, Obama lied and twisted the truth: "What we shouldn't be doing is trying to take away your rights to bargain for better wages and working conditions. We shouldn't be doing that. These so-called `right to work' laws, they don't have to do with economics; they have everything to do with politics. What they're really talking about is giving you the right to work for less money."
President Obama could not have been more wrong in his words. The right-to-work laws have everything to do with economics because they provide and protect jobs and more jobs translate into a better economy.
James Sherk of The Heritage Foundation explained exactly why the President's words were untrue. "Right-to-work laws prevent unions from imposing mandatory fees, giving employees the right to work without paying union dues. Otherwise, right-to-work has no effect on collective bargaining. All other negotiations continue as before."
In November 2011 Sherk published a paper entitled "Right to Work Increases Jobs and Choices." He began his paper by explaining, "Union contracts frequently require employees to pay union dues or lose their jobs. This forces workers to support the union financially even if the union contract harms them or they oppose the union's agenda. Several states … are considering right-to-work laws, which protect workers from being fired for not paying union dues. Unions oppose these laws because they reduce union membership and income. However, the rest of the economy benefits from right-to-work laws. Right-to-work laws reduce the financial benefit from organizing workplaces where unions have limited support. This makes unions less aggressive and encourages business investment, creating jobs. States can and should reduce unemployment by becoming right-to-work states."
If you want to see an example of how Big Labor defends its hold on workers, take a look at this video.
Think about the hate and contention shown in that video and think of the following: "For verily, verily I say unto you, he that hath the spirit of contention is not of me, but is of the devil, who is the father of contention, and he stirreth up the hearts of men to contend with anger, one with another" (Book of Mormon - Another Testament of Jesus Christ, 3 Nephi 11-29).
The Lord taught that anyone who has the "spirit of contention" is of the devil; therefore, any person or any organization that operates on contention of any kind is serving the "dark side" of society. We should support right-to-work laws for this very reason: they lessen the power of those who use contention to gain control of other people.