When Unions Bark but Don’t Bite

By Vincent Vernuccio, National Review Online

Such was the expected story when Governor Rick Snyder signed Michigan’s worker-freedom law in December 2012. After machinations including violent protests outside the capitol and “there will be blood” rhetoric by Democratic state representative Douglas Geiss, most observers expected a major push in 2014 to repeal the law and punish the politicians who enacted it.

Unions’ time to reinvent

By Mary Kramer, Crain’s Detroit Business

This is the time of year for State of the State, State of the City, State of the Union. How about “the state of organized labor”?

Right to work, one year later

By Terry Bowman, Detroit News

One year ago today, a momentous and historical event took place in Lansing as Michigan’s 629,000 union members were granted additional rights, freedoms, and protections. Ignoring political consequences and some personal threats, our elected officials in the Legislature and governor’s office stood stoically by principle and passed right to work legislation.

Detroit and the End of ‘Big Unit America’

By Michael Barone, National Review Online

Detroit, once one of the nation’s most vibrant cities, faces imminent bankruptcy. That’s the headline from the report last month of emergency fiscal manager Kevyn Orr, issued 45 days after he was appointed this spring by Michigan governor Rick Snyder to take over the city’s government.