The Detroit News Points to Mackinac Center Research

Fact-checking right-to-work claims

Opponents of right-to-work policies often point to flawed research to make claims of decreased wages and employment in states with forced unionization.

In a Sept. 15 Editor's Note in The Detroit News, Ingrid Jacques pointed to a critique of some of those claims, backing up national findings with research from the Mackinac Center:

Michigan became a right-to-work state in 2012, and since then the state’s unemployment rate has dropped.

The Mackinac Center attributes that reduction to the fact companies are now considering the state for new sites, where they likely would have overlooked Michigan in the past. As the overall economy improves, so should wages.

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The full Editor's Note is available at The Detroit News.

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