The following article was featured in December 7, 2013 edition of the Lansing State Journal:
A year after right-to-work laws were approved with the promise of radically changing Michigan’s business climate, little has actually changed.
And, any changes likely won’t be realized for years, if at all.
While proponents trumpeted the laws as necessary to draw companies to Michigan, there are no examples of businesses that have done so because Michigan now is a right-to-work state. And organized labor, whose leaders blasted the legislation as a union-busting attempt in the state that gave birth to unions, has seen far fewer defections among its members than originally feared.
To be sure, some union members have bolted and more could follow, since right-to-work provisions don’t take effect until current contracts expire. But leaders say the defections are just a fraction of total membership. Most workers, they contend, are choosing to stay with their unions.