As Wisconsin moves toward Right to Work, lawmakers say Michigan set the stage

Feb 24, 2015

Wisconsin state Capitol
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State lawmakers say Michigan set the stage for states like Wisconsin to consider right-to-work laws.

Thousands of protesters gathered at the Wisconsin state Capitol on Tuesday as lawmakers there held a hearing on the measure. It would ban requirements that workers pay union dues as a condition of employment.

Michigan state Representative Brad Jacobsen, R-Oxford, says he and his Republican colleagues showed other Midwest states it could be done.

I think us being able to do it in Michigan, one of the strongest union states, traditionally, in the country, emboldened some other states to look at it a little differently,” said Jacobsen.

Michigan has seen a significant decline in union membership since it became the 24th right-to-work state in 2012.