Union density in the American workplace fell to another new post–World War II low of 11.3 percent in 2012. Private-sector union membership fell to 6.6 percent—less than when President Franklin Roosevelt signed the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).
U.S. labor laws do not meet the needs of modern American workers. The laws prevent union members from receiving individual raises and employers from giving non-union employees a formal voice on the job. Congress created these restrictions in the 1930s for a primarily industrial economy that no longer exists. The time has come for Congress to bring America’s labor laws into the 21st century.
Even better news is the following report. This shows America’s labor laws are being modernized. This will be seen more and more around the country. The labor unions have destroyed many industries in America and have driven others to move to other countries. The public unions have forced governments to declare bankruptcy and have bankrupt many others although not yet declared.
A divided Michigan appeals court ruled Thursday that the state's right-to-work law applies to 35,000 state employees. In a major legal decision, judges voted 2-1 to reject a lawsuit filed by labor unions. The passage of the measure drew thousands of protesters to the state Capitol late last year.
The law prohibits forcing public and private workers in Michigan to pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment, and applies to labor contracts extended or renewed after late March. It went to court after questions were raised whether it applies to state workers, since the Michigan Civil Service Commission, which sets compensation for state employees, has separate powers under the state constitution. The majority said lawmakers have the authority to pass laws dealing with union fees.
"In light of the First Amendment rights at stake, the Michigan Legislature has made the policy decision to settle the matter by giving all employees the right to choose," the Judges wrote. This is a major step for the American people and this law should be passed in every state.