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This week Republican Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan signed two new laws barring unions in workplaces they’ve organized from requiring employees to join and pay dues. The laws turned Michigan, home of the United Auto Workers, into the nation’s 24th “right-to-work” state, but only the second in the industrial Midwest. Michigan’s GOP-controlled Legislature passed the laws quickly over the vehement opposition of thousands of union protesters who converged on the state Capitol. Michigan has the fifth highest percentage among state of workers who are union members, at 17.5 percent, but last month its voters rejected a proposal to make collective bargaining a right in the Michigan Constitution. With its defeat in Michigan, has organized labor become a spent force in the United States? Or are union haters blowing this setback out of proportion? Are labor’s problems temporary, based on the economy, or permanent?
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