Michigan’s new right-to-work law and the state of organized labor in both the private and public sectors dominated discussion Thursday at “The State of Labor” panel discussion, co-hosted by the Competitive Enterprise Institute and the Heritage
Matt Patterson, senior fellow in CEI’s Center for Economic Freedom and its lead labor policy analyst, moderated the event, which also featured James Sherk, Heritage’s Senior Policy Analyst in Labor Economics, CEI Editorial Director and Labor Policy Analyst Ivan Osorio; Timothy Lee, Vice President for Legal and Public Affairs at the Center of Individual Freedom; and Brett McMahon, Vice President for Business Development at Miller and Long Inc.
The labor experts agreed the move in Michigan was a good one — that it expanded freedom and economic opportunity for the people of the Wolverine State. As Sherk, a former Michigan resident, put it:
Why is right to work a big deal for Michigan economically? We find that right to work states are much more attractive for businesses. Union organizing goes down when employees have the choice to opt out of supporting a cause they don’t support; and companies are far less likely to end up like Hostess – and so many other great American companies [driven out of business by a union].