U.S. Union Stronghold Michigan Becomes ‘Right to Work’ State

The legislature of the state of Michigan in the United States has authorized a ‘right to work’ law that bans the requirement that non-union workers pay an agency fee to work in a unionized plant as a condition of employment. Governor Rick Schneider is expected to sign the bill into law, making Michigan the 24th state in the United States to pass such legislation. The bill was passed amid intense public outcry at the statehouse in opposition to the bill. Proponents argue that it will bring jobs to Michigan, a state which has suffered a severe contraction in its once mighty manufacturing base since the collapse of the U.S. auto industry.