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Right-to-Work Law

Michigan's New Right-to-Work Law - What does it mean for a company that is currently located in Michigan or thinking about moving there? Define the key aspects of the new law, explain why this is a significant development, report the factors that led to this change, and analyze the impact it could have on labor relations at the organizational level and, more broadly, in the United States. Include both labor's and management's points of view.

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I have provided information on each aspect of the Right-to-Work Act.

The Right-to-Work Act was signed into law on December 11th, 2012 by Michigan's Republican Governor Rick Snyder.

What Will it Mean for a Company that is Currently Located in Michigan or One that Might Move There:

The current companies may have worker issues of union vs. union members who do not pay dues. It is quite possible for small union shops not to have the finances they need to fight a grievance with an organization. Some organizations may realize they can undermine the union shop and become a non-union shop if the workers who do not want to pay union dues decide to go non-union. This would be hard to do with the roofers or painters union or even retail clerk unions because of the size of the union, but this could be the beginning of an end for some smaller unions. As far as a company moving to Michigan, the company could see it as a benefit. If they do not have a union shop, the possibility of it becoming organized might be less likely. Of course, it could be looked at in another way - the employees might join the union more freely thinking they don't have to pay high union dues. In addition to this, a union shop may be able to attract more experienced workers if they know they won't have to endure union dues but reap the benefit of union membership.

Key Aspects of the New Law
Defining the Right-to-Work Law conveys it has nothing to do with anyone being able to look for and accept lawful employment. "The Right-to-Work laws prohibit a labor union and employer from negotiating union security clauses (Zullo, 2013)." The union security clauses are ...

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