Today in History

Right-to-work bills pass Legislature

Exactly one year ago today, on Dec. 6, 2012, the Michigan Legislature took the first bold steps to grant freedom to workers who did not want to be forced to financially support a union as a condition of employment, passing bills that would make Michigan the 24th right-to-work state in the country.

That came exactly 17 years to the day after former Mackinac Center President Lawrence W. Reed called for such a step in a Detroit Free Press commentary. That was among the earliest efforts in the Center’s 20-year push to bring worker freedom to Michigan.

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