Right to work has been discussed in Michigan for at least 50 years. It was not until four years ago that a small nucleus of grass roots leaders decided Michigan had the perfect storm that made for the first time in a lifetime, an opportunity to make it happen.
800,000 lost jobs, 54,000 moved out of the state, 22% decrease in personal income, large unemployment rates, falling union membership and revenue and brush fires in other states that were taxing union boss funds and attention. Add the tea party movement that gave us huge majorities in both houses and a potentially supporting Governor.
At MiCPAC on 3/26/2011 we had a panel on right to work that precipitated the Right To Work Task Force. The Task Force started Michigan Freedom To Work. This grass roots organization grew to 218 groups with more than 70,000 members. It was essential to change public perceptions and attitudes to change public policy. Through volunteer efforts of more than 3,000 volunteer hours a month the grass roots drove this and would not let it drop. They said we were crazy and would never make it happen. Yes, the business community eventually got on board as did many politicians.
It had been tried many times before. The difference this time was Michigan Freedom To Work and our volunteers.
We need to keep building the team to defend our new Labor Freedom Laws. Please sign up and donate!