Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has passed legislature to make Michigan a right to work state, which would take place in 2015. Brad Bannon, democratic political consultant with Bannon Communications Research in Washington, D.C. says the unions are very unhappy with this.
The new law, says Bannon, undermines the ability of labor unions to bargain for better wealth, health and well-being of their members. Referring to a recent study of states voted most friendly to businesses, Bannon says a lot are right to work-free states because this "union-busting" legislation is great for businesses but bad for people who work in those businesses. "They don't have the power to negotiate with companies because there's no union or collective bargaining," says Bannon.
According to Bannon, many of the right to work states are very poor and he says the reason for that is because they don't have unions to help them negotiate for better wages, benefits and working conditions.
Bannon believes we will see the unions now mobilize "like crazy" to elect more pro-union legislatures and dethrone the governor, who is up for re-election in 2014. He thinks that the unions will be successful in getting rid of Governor Snyder and be replaced by a democratic governor who can sign changes that the new pro-union legislature wants to make.
Brad Bannon is President of Bannon Communications Research, a Washington, D.C.-based political polling and consulting firm. More information can be found at www.bannoncr.com. This video commentary was hosted by The Legal Broadcast Network, which provides on-demand legal content.