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    Chart of the Week: Union Membership Continues to Decline

    Union membership fell by 400,000 to the lowest level since the 1930s, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced this past week. As a percentage of the work force, union workers fell from 11.8 percent to 11.3 percent. One reason for the decline is simply that workers don’t want to join … More

    VIDEO: Dick DeVos on Unions and Michigan's New Right-to-Work Law

    Late last year, while conservatives were still coming to terms with the re-election of President Obama, something remarkable happened in Michigan. A state that is synonymous with Big Labor enacted a right-to-work law. Governor Rick Snyder (R-MI) and Republican lawmakers had just witnessed the overwhelming rejection of a union-backed measure … More

    Michigan Right-to-Work Law: How to Fight for the Freedom to Work

    Last month, a special session of the Michigan legislature passed and Governor Rick Snyder (R–MI) signed right-to-work legislation, which outlaws compulsory union membership. “This simply means that workers will no longer be forced to join a union,” noted Ed Feulner, president of The Heritage Foundation, at the time. “They will … More

    2012 Year in Review: A Wild Year for Conservatism

    By now you’ve probably seen the TV specials and glossy magazines reviewing major highlights of the past year. There are still a few days left before we close the books on 2012 (and action appears likely on the fiscal cliff). But in the meantime, let’s recap some of the good … More

    Right-to-Work Gives Michigan Workers a Choice

    Conservatives won an enormous victory in Michigan last week. The state just passed a right-to-work law that makes union dues voluntary. Starting next year, union contracts cannot require employers to fire employees who do not pay union dues. The state that gave birth to the United Auto Workers union has … More

    Google Hangout on Right to Work in Michigan

    Join us on Friday, December 14, at noon ET for our “Lunch with Heritage” Google+ Hangout. We will be hosting a panel discussion on what right to work means for Michigan, and what it means for employers and employees. We want to hear from you. If you have questions you … More

    Gov. Snyder Looks to Indiana's Right-to-Work Success

    Automotive parts manufacturer Android Industries is headquartered in Auburn Hills, MI. But in March, when the company decided to build a new plant, it looked south – to right-to-work Indiana. Android’s Fort Wayne, IN, plant brought 66 jobs and nearly $9 million of investment to the Hoosier State. The company cited … More

    Michigan Unions' "Freeloader" Myth

    Right-to-work laws represent “the freedom to freeload,” conservative commentator Steven Crowder was told by a union protester outside the Michigan state capitol shortly before another protester punched him in the face. The gripe is a common one: If workers are free to choose whether or not they wish to join … More

    Morning Bell: Unions Losing in Their Last Stronghold

    This is the week that Michigan’s workers will finally be freed from forced unionization. After decades of United Auto Workers control over the struggling American auto industry, the Michigan legislature’s passing of a right-to-work law is historic. Governor Rick Snyder (R) is expected to sign the law as early as … More

    Michigan Schools to Close as Teachers Leave to Protest Right-to-Work

    Two Michigan school districts will close Tuesday after hosts of teachers called out sick, apparently to join protests against efforts to pass right-to-work legislation in the state. The school district superintendent in Taylor, MI, a Detroit suburb, said the district would not have enough teachers to fill the district’s classrooms, according … More