A 'Date' With Destiny

Reed's call for right-to-work published exactly 17 years before bills passed

As Michael LaFaive, director of the Center’s Morey Fiscal Policy Initiative, pointed out in this blog post, the Center has a long history of support for right-to-work policies that stretches back more than two decades. In researching that history, LaFaive found an interesting coincidence.

This commentary by then-President Lawrence W. Reed appeared in the Detroit Free Press on Dec. 6, 1995. Exactly 17 years later, on Dec. 6, 2012, the Michigan Legislature passed three right-to-work bills, which could be finalized and signed into law as soon as today.

It should also be noted that the Free Press published Reed’s piece about six months into a bitter strike it and The Detroit News were enduring.