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Michigan becomes the latest right-to-earn-less state

It's one thing to pick a fight with public employee unions in Wisconsin and quite another for Michigan Republicans to take on all of organized labor, as happened with the "right-to-work" legislation that Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law Tuesday evening. Few states have a stronger union tradition, and the blow to the labor movement there could have ramifications far beyond Michigan's borders.

Whatever one may think of unions — and they've made their share of mistakes as surely as corporate executives have — the decision is certain to depress wages in Michigan. In states where unions can't require non-union members to pay dues (even as they represent them in contract...