Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Michigan Governor Signs Law Allowing Union Free Riders

Michigan's Republican Governor, Rick Scott, signed that state's controversial anti-union laws yesterday.  There are two laws- one affecting the private sector and one affecting the public sector.  Both laws allow employees represented by a union to get the benefits of union membership without paying their fair share, hampering the ability of labor to fund representation.  The public sector law carves out police and firefighter unions, but the significance of the carve out is limited because public safety unions have much higher voluntary union membership rates.