Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist released a statement of support today for Michigan’s Right to Work law.
Right to Work prohibits unions from terminating employees that choose not to pay union dues. It does not ban unionization; it ends forced unionization. Over the past 30 years, Right to Work states have vastly outperformed forced unionization states in most measures of job creation and economic growth.
Norquist issued the following statement:
“I commend Gov. Rick Snyder, Speaker Jase Bolger, and Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville for their leadership in promoting worker freedom in Michigan. As the governor stated today, ‘Freedom to Work is all about creating more and better jobs in Michigan.’
“This is an economic measure first and foremost. There are 23 states that have enacted Right to Work, and they are dominating the competition for more jobs and economic growth. Over the past 30 years, Right to Work states have seen total employment grow by 71 percent, compared to 32 percent in forced unionization states.
“But this is also a moral imperative. Just as workers deserve the right to unionize and bargain collectively – a right that is preserved under Right to Work – they should be able to choose not to join a union. That is currently not the case in Michigan.
“Leaders of the Democratic Party are now calling on Gov. Snyder to veto Right to Work for purely political reasons. This is bigger than politics. I look forward to the governor signing this landmark legislation and to a new era of worker freedom and economic growth in Michigan.”