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By Tom Fitton
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Mackinac Center For Public Policy
In Michigan, a historic bastion of the nation's industrial unions, the legal battle over the state's new right-to-work law shows no signs of flagging.
Many are warning that the United States could become the next Greece. There is no need to look across the ocean to see a poorly governed area that is deep in debt and crumbling. Just look to Detroit.
Claims by union proponents that union-shop states beget higher incomes forget one little detail: the cost of living.
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The first shot in the fierce battle over a new right-to-work law that has consumed this state in recent days was fired across the border in Indiana 10 months ago.
They have been playing defense elsewhere across the Midwest, but labor unions in Michigan have gone on the attack with a proposed first-in-the-nation amendment to the state constitution that would enshrine a right to collective bargaining for public -- and private-sector workers -- and invalidate any past or future laws to the contrary.
When Boeing opened a $750 million plant in South Carolina - triggering a legal battle with the National Labor Relations Board - it became Exhibit A for why job creation is more likely to occur in states where union membership is optional.