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Those flocking to right-to-work states may be in for a letdown

Jeff Jacoby engaged in obfuscation in his Dec. 12 op-ed column “Freedom from unions,” regarding Michigan’s so-called right-to-work law. Jacoby quotes a conservative study detailing the population increase in right-to-work states; what he forgets to add is that workers in these states tend to have lower wages, fewer benefits, and less-regulated — that is, less safe — workplaces than workers in states without right-to-work laws.

Tell the whole truth and the story is different. If we want a lower standard of living and rising plutocracy, then sure, let’s have more right-to-work states, more factories moved offshore, fewer regulations, and a return to Reaganism.

Bill Plott