Should Michigan become a ‘right-to-work’ state? UAW, other union leaders don’t think so

By Micheal Wayward, Michigan Live

Should Michigan become a “right-to-work” state?

The United Auto Workers certainly doesn’t think so, but what about you?

Employees in the 23 states with right-to-work laws can’t be forced to join a union or pay union dues in order to retain their jobs.

In Michigan, there are about 671,000 union members, or 17.5 percent of the state’s 3.8 million workers. The UAW has about 390,000 members, including 110,150 brethren at the Detroit Three.

UAW President Bob King Thursday said that a coalition of unions will push for an amendment to the Michigan Constitution that bars so-called right-to-work legislation.

The coalition will push for a November ballot issue protecting the right to have union shops King told about 1,000 people at the UAW’s national convention in Washington.

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