Job Growth In Right To Work States Three Times Faster Than Non Right To Work States

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Thinks aren’t so great in Michigan. The unemployment rate is 9.1%. In the state’s largest city, Detroit, 34.5% of citizens are on food stamps, 45.7% aren’t in the workforce and 99,702 of the city’s 363,000 homes stand vacant.

So it’s a step in the right direction for the state to have moved to a “right to work” status which allows workers a choice when it comes to joining unions. After all, nationally employment in right-to-work states is growing three times faster than non-right-to-work states since June of 2009:

It’s tragic to see the union workers using violent protests to push back against right to work status. They’re fighting against what’s best for their state, and for what’s best for union bosses and left-wing politicians who are the chief beneficiaries of union dues.

After all, Michigan’s largest union spends just 11% of dues paid on representing workers. Shouldn’t Michigan workers be allowed to opt out of that bad deal?

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • yy4u2

    Unions…pushing wages and unemployment higher for decades as well as jobs to right to work states or overseas. Who would have thunk it?

  • Bea Kath

    Exactly. Michigan needs to get it together and focus on their economy by CREATING JOBS. This means trying to court new business in their state.

  • SigFan

    The union goons will carp about people getting lower paying jobs than they would if they were in the union – except there aren’t any union jobs available either. So what’s better, $25/hour you can’t get or $12/hour you can?

  • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

    The Oregon shooting, by way of the totally needed assault rifle, was brutal violence….the union tent pull down, not so much.

    But let’s be clear, lower wages are sure to mean an end to the middle-class….this is the result of Bush economics. OOOOooorah.

    • HG

      Do you know the difference between an “assault rifle” and a semi-automatic?

      • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

        Of course I do. I am usually more accurate with the facts and reality than you are. Do you know why your question is irrelevant? Because the reports indicate the shooter used an assault rifle. Do you have proof to the contrary?

        http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323981504578175223568494536.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

        • guest

          Who are you planning to kill with your semi automatic assault rifle?

        • HG

          If you know the difference, what is it, H?

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            Full vs burst vs semi. Again, you don’t know how to read. Read the article, they said he had an assault rifle. Don’t take your ignorance out on me.

          • HG

            Wrong, H. Full and burst are not legal to be owned without a special permit which very, very few possess. Semi-automatic rifles are called assault rifles when the “look” militaristic in styling. There are many, many semi-automatic rifles that are not considered assault rifles because they don’t look militaristic but function identically the same as “assault rifles”. The rifle in the Oregon shooting was semi-automatic unless illegally modified.

          • LastBestHope

            GOOGLE….makes know-nothings like Hanni, know how to BS, on sh!t they actually no nada about.

          • HG

            Telling, isn’t it. The worst part is that H actually claimed to know the difference rather emphatically. Trouble is, a whole lot of people think full auto/burst when they hear “assault rifle” or “assault weapon” when for the most part they simply mean semiautomatic with tactical or militaristic styling. They have no idea that the same rate of fire, magazine capacity and damage could be inflicted with a ‘ranch rifle’.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            Wrong? Uhhh, how does their legality change their DEFINITION? It doesn’t. I was right. An assault rifle refers to full auto and burst capable. What you are confused by is the difference between an “assault weapon” and “assault rifle”. Proper terminology for semi-automatic weapons that look “militaristic” are to be termed “assault weapon”, when used by the press. I didn’t use that word, I used the word that was posted in the story. If that’s wrong it’s because THEY got it wrong.

            You just can’t admit I knew, so you try to change the subject to what is legal. Pshaw.

          • HG

            You don’t know jack, H.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            Changing your question to what is legal vs what the definition is shows that you were wrong and you just can’t deal.

          • HG

            “…began shooting with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle.”

        • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

          “I am usually more accurate with the facts and reality than you are” Certainly better at stand up comedy! That one’s a hoot!

    • two_amber_lamps

      Oh noe’s! The bad, bad “assault rifle” (whooo! scary!) had what…. a bayonet lug? Or a pistol grip? A flash suppressor? OMG… it’s got a “TELESCOPING STOCK!!”

      • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

        Now, now! There hasn’t been a drive by bayoneting in California ever since they banned those lugs!

        • two_amber_lamps

          Yes, now the poor proles have had to resort to walking up and stabbing each other with knives at the end of their arms like stone age savages!

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            Or O.J.

      • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

        BTW, you do know why they banned all those features, don’t you? It really had nothing at all to do with the functionality of the weapon. There was a glut of surplus, semi-automatic rifles in Europe, most of which had one or more of those features. It was essentially an import ban on inexpensive rifles.

        Di-Fi, Sarah Brady and their bunch wanted to keep inexpensive firearms out of the hands of US citizens.

        • two_amber_lamps

          Didn’t realize the ulterior motive, but I certainly do enjoy my Polish underfolder AK-47 which I most certainly couldn’t have purchased during the halcyon days of the Federal Assault Weapons (ooohh!! SCARY!!) Ban. Also love the fact 7.62×39 is dirt cheap, great target plinkin’ ammo… :)

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            Again, God forbid that the citizens of the US should have access to inexpensive firearms and the ammunition to keep them useful.

  • matthew_bosch

    Unions create an artificial market clearing price for wages. Businesses aren’t able to adjust their margins with natural market conditions, so they move or shutdown.

  • mikemc1970

    Detroit is the shining example of liberal progressivism in full bloom. The total rot, social decay, and abandonment of the once richest city in the country shows the end result of all liberal policies.

  • WOOF

    The masters of the Republican/teatard party champion lowering wages
    by weakening unions.
    Driving Americans into a class of workers whose labor does not pay
    a living wage.
    Work that does not cover health care, produces salaries that qualify
    families for food stamps and free school lunches, and Ronald Reagan’s
    Earned Income Credit.
    Those who manage to stay out of the swamp will find their income
    shrinking by new fees, and higher taxes. (watchoutKevin)

    • matthew_bosch

      What is a living wage? Why don’t the Central Planners just advocate 250k a year minimum wage? Then there will be no class envy.

    • Dan

      Oh here we go…what, exactly IS “a living wage”? $12/hr? $25? How about $100/hr?

      Here’s a secret for the cerebrally challenged on the left…LABOR costs are usually the #1 expense of any business. If you artificially raise the cost of doing business, by artificially inflating labor costs, you automatically cause the cost of goods/services to rise also.

      EVERY time the minimum wage has been raised, the cost of living has gone up by a greater margin within 6 months. The net result is the workers are worse off after their wages go up than they were before.

      I am a business owner and I don’t owe anyone a job. I will compensate those who work for me fairly as long as they do what’s expected of them and help MY business be MORE profitable…besides, what “skin” do my workers have in my business? The answer is “none whatsoever”. If my business fails, they’re working somewhere else in a week. OTOH, I have to deal with the financial disaster that will befall my family and myself.

      So, if you class envy types want MY PAYCHECK, get off your backsides and learn how to do what I do and go into business for yourself. Otherwise, be happy with the job that you have and STHU.

      • Neiman

        They just don’t get it, raise minimum wage, costs go up to compensate and it negates the higher wages and the living wage is down the johnny crapper.

        • WOOF

          No basis in fact, just an article of your faith.

          • jimlauten

            Wow, Woof- The way you describe the loss of unions, one would think they are a wonderful thing. If they are so wonderful, why is participation mandatory?

          • WOOF

            Like the nation, you have a vote, and you don’t have to exercise it.

            Like the nation, you still get taxed. Thank unions for your health care your vacations , disability insurance and that your kids ain’t barefoot, working 70 hours a week in a factory.

          • alanstorm

            Don’t even go there, slow pup – your original comment is nothing but unsupported assertions. How about trying something other than faith-based statements on Your end?

      • WOOF

        You can’t charge whatever you want for your product because of higher labor costs . You don’t owe anyone a job and because you believe your employees don’t have any skin in the game, they don’t owe you. How’s turnover , loyalty, shrinkage? Sounds like your lucky to come home alive.

  • Guest

    After all those posts about Unions killing the Twinkie, it’s not suprising Rob would not report on this latest development.

    Twinkie CEO admits he raided employee pension to fund executive pay raises. http://www.alternet.org/corporate-accountability-and-workplace/twinkie-ceo-admits-company-took-employees-pensions-and-put-it?paging=off

    • Onslaught1066

      Still relying on opinion in lieu of fact, I see.

      Oh, hannitard, you’re such a hannitard.

      • Guest

        How is an admission of by someone of wrongdoing considered an opinion that he said it? Someone needs to look up the definition. Oh onshat1066, you’re such a sh*thead!

        • Onslaught1066

          Listen, hannitard, you’re just not as smart as you think you are.

          Why don’t you just toddle on back to whatever playground you usually haunt and molest yourself some more 10 year old boys and leave the adult conversations to the adults, M,kay?

          • Guest

            How unsurprising that you couldn’t explain how an admission of wrongdoing is an opinion that the wrongdoer said it. Oh onshat1066, you’re such a sh*thead!

          • Onslaught1066

            Why don’t you just toddle on back to whatever playground you usually haunt and molest yourself some more 10 year old boys and leave the adult conversations to the adults, M,kay?

          • Guest

            How unsurprising that you still cannot explain how an admission of wrongdoing is an opinion that the wrongdoer said it. Oh onshat1066, you’re such a sh*thead!

          • Onslaught1066

            What a sad little man you are, OK, here’s some more attention.

            Now, Why don’t you just toddle on back to whatever playground you usually haunt and molest yourself some more 10 year old boys and leave the adult conversations to the adults, M,kay?

          • Guest

            How unsurprising that you still cannot explain how an admission of wrongdoing is an opinion that the wrongdoer said it. Oh onshat1066, you’re such a sh*thead!

    • alanstorm

      You’re quoting alternet? If you want to make a point, it helps to use a credible source.

      Thanks for playing!

      • Guest

        The link sources to the Wall Street Journal.

        Thanks for being a stupd f*cking sh*thead!

  • fredlave

    The only workers doing well in forced-unionism states are in jobs paid for by the taxpayers.

  • Waski_the_Squirrel

    One of the reasons I left Pennsylvania is because I did not want to be forced to join the NEA. Pennsylvania is a closed-shop state. I actually chose the lower salary of North Dakota over the higher salary (and a guaranteed job) in Pennsylvania. Now I will freely admit that there were other considerations.

    The greatest thing that bothered me was not the union per se. In fact, I spent my first year in North Dakota as an NDEA member. What I resented in Pennsylvania was that I was forced to join the union. Here in North Dakota I’ve chosen not to join since that first year. After that first year I discovered real objections to the union. I’ve happily taught since then without union membership. I like having the choice.

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