Michigan is about to become the 24th state in the Union to have a "Right to Work" law. These laws ban the practice of requiring either union membership, or remittance of a "fair bargaining fee" due to the benefits one gets as a result of the union's bargaining.
Predictably, the Michigan Union Zombie Patrol is out in full force. Some are even threatening violence. Teachers are conducting a sick-out, forcing districts to close. There are reports of sit ins, pepper spray and arrests in Lansing.
Let's be clear, this is not like the Wisconsin law, which actually limited employees' rights in terms of collective bargaining. Instead, it simply bans forced union membership and dues. While I understand that there may be some legitimate opposition to this (people getting the benefits of bargaining without paying dues, taking less pay/undercutting union members), it seems clear that the explosive reaction has more to do with the unions being unhappy about those dollars not flowing in quite as quickly.
As some of you know, I'm in a union (PA is not a right to work state). I happen to fully support this law. Employees have the right to organize if they wish, but they should not be forced to join a union and/or pay dues if they don't wish to. It's just that simple.