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jeff jacoby

Freedom from unions

To every thing there is a season, the Good Book says, and in Michigan workplaces the season of freedom is arriving at last.

Republican legislators voted Tuesday to make Michigan the 24th state in the nation to protect an essential civil liberty: the right to work for a living without being required to join or pay money to a labor union. Governor Rick Snyder signed the new laws — one dealing with private-sector employees, one covering government employment — a few hours later, hailing them as “pro-worker and pro-Michigan.”

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