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Editorial: Right-to-work not only issue for lawmakers

November 23, 2012
The Alpena News

When Michigan lawmakers return to Lansing after the Thanksgiving holiday a number of important issues await their attention.

And, thanks to the results of the Nov. 6 general election, state residents can look for the legislature to begin discussions on one more - right-to-work.

No sooner were residents coming up for breath again after the election than the calls for right-to-work legislation started crossing the desk.

Was defeat of Proposal 2 on the ballot this month though really a mandate to push for right-to-work legislation?

Maybe yes, maybe no.

We would contend it wasn't, and would caution those pursuing the right-to-work position to do so slowly, if at all. Proposal 2's defeat was one thing, but it certainly doesn't mean the isssue is a slam dunk in Michigan.

Others argue the time is right to begin discussions about the subject, to gather opinions and then determine what is best for the state. That seems to be the intent of legislators we talked with this week who, while not totally ready to embrace the concept, want to see where initial discussions head and what residents seem to want.

They quickly point out that with neighboring states like Indiana passing right-to-work, it is a good opportunity for them to learn how that move has impacted business there, and conversely, how it has impacted Michigan, especially for those counties that border Indiana.

Such logic, and investigation, is hard to argue with.

Like it or not, right-to-work isn't going away.

Our hope is, however, it doesn't dominate discussions in the months ahead.



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