Michigan has become the latest Republican-led effort to wreck economic growth in passing a right-to-work laws that restrict unions. With all apologies to Naomi Klein’s Shock Doctrine, Repubs are no longer waiting for recessions to enrich their wealthiest supporters—such as passing GW Bush tax cuts during the 2001 recession and in 2003 that caused the largest budget deficit in history, precipitating the Great Recession.
Michigan is a text book example of how ALEC and Americans for Prosperity, the big business lobby and the Koch Brothers have worked to bust unions. Michigan is the 24th state to enact Right-to-Work Laws that take away unions’ ability to organize and charge union dues to finance union benefits. But more insidiously it weakens the ability to bargain for their own wages and salaries. This is when corporate profits and CEO salaries are already the largest in history.
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