Unions on the run: Right-to-work gaining ground

February 18, 2011

Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Tennessee are considering bills that would end collective bargaining and give employees the right to work without having to pay mandatory union dues.

A prime example of why: stunning teacher salaries in Michigan have grown 173% in 11 years thanks to incompetent school boards and union greed.

West Bloomfield, Michigan, teachers do not do any premium sharing for health insurance and do not have a deductible in their plan and the district says that must end.

Voters are fed up with what they say is public union benefits that private sector workers don’t have.

“Government employees have become the haves and the private sector the have-nots,” said Minnesota Rep. Steve Drazkowski, R-Mazeppa.  He is the author of the “right to work” bill.

“And now it’s being challenged. It’s being challenged because we can’t afford the types of Cadillac versions of pensions, of health insurance and even salaries,” said Drazkowski.

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