Video Revealing Electoral Success of Legislators Who Support Labor Reforms Released

Mackinac Center video timeline analyzes political outcomes in Midwestern states

Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015

Chantal Lovell
Media Relations Manager

MIDLAND – The Mackinac Center for Public Policy released a video today highlighting the fact that voters tend to reward lawmakers and parties who enact labor reforms, despite threats to the contrary from unions and the politicians they back.

Labor Reform in the States: A Video Timeline examines the reforms and the electoral outcomes in Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan from 2011 to 2014 and documents how the party that supported reforms maintained, and in some cases increased, its legislative majority and kept the governor’s mansion. In the case of Michigan — the birthplace of the UAW and the state with the fifth-highest percentage of union workers — no legislator who voted for right-to-work lost in the general election.

“Unions and the politicians they put into office try to stop pro-worker and pro-taxpayer labor reforms by threatening and intimidating legislators politically, but the past five years show that voters reward elected officials who courageously work for the people rather than special interests,” said Mackinac Center Director of Labor Policy F. Vincent Vernuccio. “Lawmakers who might otherwise fear making necessary reforms can rest assured that big labor’s bark appears to be much worse than its bite.”

The video timeline supplements the interactive Web page and accompanying report released by the Mackinac Center this summer. The Web page details the labor reforms and electoral outcomes in Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Indiana and Missouri from 2011 to 2014.

“The victories of legislators who took on labor reform in recent years teach us an important lesson: Voters side with elected officials who support pro-worker and pro-taxpayer policies,” Vernuccio added.

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