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Robert Reich, former U.S. labor secretary and professor at UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy, analyze why Michigan's right-to-work law is bad for the economy and the middle class. "As labor unions have declined, workers have had less power, and ? significantly ? the median wage has declined in tandem. In fact, over the last 30 years, most workers have seen no increase in their wages at all," says Reich. On Tuesday, the state of Michigan, the birthplace of the UAW and the nation's organized labor movement, became the country's 24th right-to-work state. Michigan joins Indiana, which passed right-to-work legislation in February, to become the second right-to-work state in the heavily unionized Midwest. The legislation marks a monumental shift away from union power to "open shop" free labor. Right-to-work laws prohibit workers from being forced to contribute mandatory dues to labor unions in order to gain employment, regardless of whether or not they are members of a union, and prohibit employers from firing workers if they don't join a union. With workers no longer obligated to pay union dues, union membership, revenue, and strength decline. Viewpoint" with host Eliot Spitzer Robert Reich, former U.S. labor secretary and professor at UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy, analyze why Michigan's right-to-work law is bad for the economy and the middle class. "As labor unions have declined, workers have had less power, and ? significantly ? the median wage has declined in tandem. In fact, over the last 30 years, most workers have seen no increase in their wages at all," says Reich. On Tuesday, the state of Michigan, the birthplace of the UAW and the nation's organized labor movement, became the country's 24th right-to-work state. Michigan joins Indiana, which passed right-to-work legislation in February, to become the second right-to-work state in the heavily unionized Midwest. The legislation marks a monumental shift away from union power to "open shop" free labor. Right-to-work laws prohibit workers from being forced to contribute mandatory dues to labor unions in order to gain employment, regardless of whether or not they are members of a union, and prohibit employers from firing workers if they don't join a union. With workers no longer obligated to pay union dues, union membership, revenue, and strength decline.
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