The Fix: Unions

Michigan would be first blue 'Right to Work' state

Michigan would be first blue 'Right to Work' state

If Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) signs his state's new "Right to Work" legislation, Michigan would become the first blue state in the country to embrace such a law.

And it might be the last -- at least for a while.

Below is a look at the 23 states that currently have "Right to Work" laws on the books, along with some other states -- mostly in the Northeast -- where such laws have been proposed this year.

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The end of unions?

The only political entity that might have had a worse week than President Obama last week was the public sector union.

For the third time in 14 months, a full-throated attempt from labor to exact retribution on Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) for curtailing collective bargaining rights for public sector unions fell flat.
FILE - In this Jan 25, 2012 file photo, protestors show off signs in the rotunda of the State Capitol Wisconsin prior to Gov. Scott Walker's (R) state of the state address in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

And it’s got some writing the obituary of the public sector union, arguing that it will soon join the private sector union in the realm of the politically irrelevant.

Which makes sense in some ways, and doesn’t in others.

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Press release hoax claims SEIU has withdrawn Obama endorsement

In the first big prank of the election cycle, a fake press release circulated late Tuesday night led some reporters to believe that the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) had voted to withdraw its endorsement of President Obama in 2012.

SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry was quoted in the press release as saying, “Our members gave $60.7 million dollars to the Obama campaign in 2008 and fought hard for his election because we were promised change. We’re still waiting.”

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