Right To Work Success In Michigan Spreading Despair...Or Not

The rending of clothing and tearing of hair by the labor union faithful continues in Michigan. They see it as the end of the world as they know it and they don't know what's going to happen. If I had to guess, I'd say nothing will happen, at least not immediately. Eventually there will be some fallout as unhappy members of the rank and file in formerly “closed shops” will pull their financial 'support' for the unions that have done nothing for them other than take their dues money and support politicians and causes these now former union members have found reprehensible.

Despite unsubstantiated claims by union supporters that all Right To Work means is the “right to work for less pay”, there are plenty of stats that prove otherwise. Considering the unemployment rates are higher than in union states compared to RTW states, I have to respond to their claims thusly:

I'd rather have a job that pays $15 an hour than have no job that doesn't pay me $30 an hour.”

I find it amazing that many of the staunch and unquestioning union members cannot fathom the idea that businesses will survive quite nicely without them and might even provide better pay and benefits than unionized businesses. Many non-unionized businesses can afford to do so because there's no featherbedding or continued employment of incompetent or non-performing workers which usually require even more employees to make up for their lack of productivity. This phenomenon is something I saw all too often during my 20 years as a union member. This was particularly galling to me when a more senior worker would get a higher-paying open position for which he/she was not qualified to fill due entirely to seniority. Then one or two more of the same positions would be opened in order to get someone who could actually do the job because the first worker couldn't. All this did was add unnecessary costs to the programs in which we were employed. (I think the only reason this practice continued was because the employer was a defense contractor, so the usual rules of economics didn't always apply. If the company had been a commercial operation in the private sector it would have gone under decades ago.)

If Michigan, the bastion of labor union power, has gone RTW, can my home state of New Hampshire be far behind? We did have one shot at it two years ago when the New Hampshire House and Senate passed RTW legislation, only to have it vetoed by the Democrat governor. The House tried to override the veto but failed by 10 votes. (The New Hampshire House has 400 members, meaning 256 representatives voted to override and 144 voted against it.) With a Democrat majority in the House for the upcoming session, the chances of it happening in 2013 or 2014 are unlikely. But after the 2014 mid-term elections that might change.

We can only hope.