This Is Not Wisconsin. It's Worse.
prospect.org — To understand why the impending transformation of Michigan into a “right to work” state is so mortifying to labor and its supporters—far worse, even, than what happened in Wisconsin and Ohio—one must consider the totemic status of the United Auto Workers (UAW). This isn’t Wisconsin. It’s worse. It’s Michigan and it’s the UAW. There has been a cold peace between right-to-work and non-right-to-work state. But if Michigan can become a right to work state within a few days, pretty much any state can with a change in government. A specious argument extolling American individualism is camouflaging a power and money grab by the usual suspects, the kind of companies and propagandists that those farm workers and autoworkers fought back in the day. To paraphrase Brecht, these suspects are in heat once more. It is again time to restrain them.