Michigan Worker Freedom

For 10 years, Michigan has been a right-to-work state, meaning no one can be forced to pay dues or fees to a union in order to work. In November of 2022, Democrats won a majority of the state House and state Senate and their leadership says they are going to try to repeal Michigan’s right-to-work law.

More than 140,000 workers have withdrawn from their unions since 2012 and are at risk of being forced to pay up to $1,000 per year to unions they don’t support.

I’ve worked at Ford for 25 years now. The unions of today are not the unions of our grandfathers. They don’t do their intended purpose of just representing the employees in the realms of the workplace.

The political and social agenda, the election day politics and the millions of dollars of union spending each and every day is for me the biggest issue why I can no longer support the UAW.

Terry Bowman
Ford Plant Worker

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Why Right-to-Work Laws Are Important

  • Nobody should be forced to join or pay money to a private political organization in order to hold a job. This is not about whether unions can exist or bargain or what they can bargain for — it’s whether they can force workers to pay dues or fees against their will.

  • Right-to-work states have long been doing better economically. For decades, they have been seeing better job growth, faster income growth and more population growth than states which require people to be union members or fee payers.

  • In recent years, since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States, right-to-work states have more than fully recovered their initial job losses. Right-to-work states have added 1.6 million jobs in the past two years, a 2.1% increase. Forced unionization states, on the other hand, have lost 809,000 jobs, a 1.1% decrease.

  • More than 100,000 Michiganders have resigned from their unions under the right-to-work law. This would force thousands back in.