Right to WorkA right-to-work law says that joining or paying fees to a labor union is not a requirement of lawful employment. It means your employer cannot force you to join a union or pay union dues or fees. Twenty-two states have right-to-work laws. Michigan does not.
The Mackinac Center, a conservative think tank based in Midland, thoroughly covers the subject of right-to-work in a "policy brief" on its website: A Model Right-to-Work Amendment to the Michigan Constitution.
We have two reasons why we want to make Michigan a right-to-work state:
The Mackinac Center brief says that although right-to-work could be enacted as a statute, it might be more effective as a constitutional amendment. One reason is the permanence of an amendment and as such, "the message the provision sends to businesses about the state’s business climate." The other is that "It involves a basic employment right . . ." Here is our proposed amendment. The text is exactly as suggested by the Mackinac Center:
The effective date of a constitutional amendment is 45 days after the date of the election at which it was approved (Article XII, Section 2 of the Michigan Constitution).