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Michigan's Right-to-Work Laws and the American Middle Class

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On Tuesday, Michigan became the 24th state to pass right-to-work laws, which prevent unions from compelling workers to pay union dues. It's a big hit to organized labor, which has historically had a strong hold in Michigan, the birthplace of the United Auto Workers Union. Advocates say that right-to-work laws stimulate economic growth, but opponents argue that they undercut pay for middle class workers. Only 12 percent of American workers belong to a union. What's behind the dramatic changes in labor union power? Who benefits from right to work laws? What role did politics play in Michigan?

Credits

Guests:
Micheline Maynard - Forbes - @MickiMaynard, Bill Ballenger - Inside Michigan Politics - @iMIpolitics, Gordon Lafer - University of Oregon, Stanley Greer - National Right-to-Work Committee

Host:
Sara Terry

Producers:
Frances Anderton, Sonya Geis, Katie Cooper