Ray Wood, president of UAW Local 14 was among the 15,000 people who converged on Lansing Tuesday to protest the right-to-work-bill that was signed into law by Governor Rick Snyder. Wood says Ohio's future as a union state is not certain. "Ohio is on the edge, Indiana, Wisconsin, now Michigan; this is a concerted plan that they have, this is no accident," Mr. Wood said. Right-to-work laws govern the extent to which an established union can require employees' membership, payment of union dues, or fees as a condition of employment, either before or after hiring.
Wood says right-to-work would present an untenable situation in the factories where his members work. "In a union process we represent everyone, can you imagine having a dues paying member working alongside someone not paying dues who is getting benefits paid for by the worker paying dues," Mr. Wood said.
University of Toledo law professor Joseph Slater says right-to-work states do not have a distinct economic advantage over union states. "The 10 states with the highest per capita income, 9 of them are non right-to-work states," Professor Slater said.