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Michigan now right-to-work, what state is next?

I never thought I would see it happen in my lifetime.

I live in a right-to-work state, Arizona, but Michigan? Yes, Michigan -- birthplace of the United Auto Workers -- on Tuesday signed into law right-to-work legislation, becoming the 24th state to do so.

Almost half of the United States has decided to allow workers to decide whether or not they want to join a union. That seems to be a fundamental freedom of choice issue, doesn't it?

Well, you have freedom of choice in non-right-to-work unionized states. The choice is join the union, pay dues or don't work.

Many years ago, industrial management took advantage of labor with one-sided and absolute power. Unions were created to represent workers with the concept of strength in numbers and it worked, until the power of the unions became absolute and all too often evolved into corruption.

And as organized labor begins to fade, one can only wonder what state is next to demand the right to work.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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