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ISU labor expert weighs in on "Right to Work."

Mon, 31 Dec 2012 06:03:36 CST
By: Charlie Schlenker

ISU labor expert weighs in on As political observers begin to assess the possible impact of right to work laws in Michigan, an ISU scholar says there isn't a lot of current guidance on what might happen. Business Professor Victor Devinatz says a study done in 1998 is suggestive, but also uses data from southern states which have traditionally low union densities...


That 1998 study, Devinatz says, pegged the amount of lost union dues at between 200 and 900 million dollars over the 21 states that had such laws at the time. 24 states have right to work statutes now. Devinatz says unions are less likely to mount organizing campaigns in right to work states, both because of a higher difficulty in gaining approval and because even if approved a union will not capture all potential members and dues. Devinatz says the Michigan law appears politically calculated to force unions to spend more time and money on core organizing so they will have less available for political involvement.

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