December 12, 2012

Shame in Michigan

Michael Sean Winters, National Catholic Reporter

Michigan’s Republican-controlled legislature slammed through so-called, and misnamed, “right-to-work” laws yesterday and Republican Governor Rick Snyder signed them into law. Michigan, home of the United Auto Workers, scene of the Flint sit-down strike in the 1930’s, became the twenty-fourth state in the Union to adopt these flawed laws.

This is a defeat for social justice of enormous significance. Workers in states with “right-to-work” laws make about $1,500 less than workers in states that respect union rights. (And, it is more than a little ironic that the Michigan-native who lost the election, lost in part because of his comments about 47% of Americans being moochers, while “right-to-work” laws actually create a new...

Read Full Article ››

TAGGED: Right-to-work, Catholic Social Teaching, Unions, Michigan

RECOMMENDED ARTICLES

October 18, 2013
Cardinals in the Coal Mine
Keith Slack, Politics of Poverty
Is the mining industry having a “coming to Jesus” moment? Possibly, if one can judge by a recent Vatican gathering of mining industry leaders and activists.The “Day of Reflection” convened  in September by the Pontifical... more ››