Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) on Tuesday signed into law so-called "right-to-work" bills prohibiting unions from compelling workers to become members and pay dues. The bills, passed earlier in the day by the GOP-controlled state legislature, are considered a massive defeat for organized labor in Michigan, which has a rich union history. The law makes Michigan the 24th state with right-to-work laws. Supporters say the laws give workers more choice and boost economic growth, but critics say the real intent is to weaken organized labor by bleeding unions of money needed to bargain effectively with management.
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- Fall movie guide: All the films you should see in September
- What would a U.S.-Russia war look like?
- 11 scientific studies that will restore your faith in humanity
- Scottish independence is another financial crisis waiting to happen
- 7 things the world's happiest people do every day
- 10 things you need to know today: September 1, 2014
- Why the West should let Russia have eastern Ukraine
- Why you should stop believing in evolution
- The keys to succeeding with a job recruiter
- The elusive 'It factor' in presidential politics
Subscribe to the Week