DETROIT (WWJ) – On Thursday, Michigan becomes a so-called “Right To Work” state. All this week, WWJ’s Jayne Bower is taking a close look at the law; its promises and pitfalls.
Less than 18 percent of Michigan workers are unionized yet right-to-work came with this promise from Governor Snyder: “More and better jobs.”
More and better jobs – promoted Snyder.
“There’s no way to prove that,” said UAW Archivist at the Walter Reuther Library at Wayne State Mike Smith. “I think the fact of the matter in any academic or policy maker who has seriously studied the subject will tell you that we don’t really know.”
And policy director at the Mackinac Center Vincent Vernuccio agrees:
“If a state has right-to-work they have a 90 percent income tax, guarantees a company’s probably not coming to that state,” he said. “So, it is part of a larger picture.”