With a right-to-work law passed in Michigan, Republicans are looking to widen their anti-union victories.
The next battles over what advocates term “right-to-work” laws could be neighboring Midwest states of Wisconsin and Ohio, where Republican governors and legislatures have shown a willingness to take on the unions.
Missouri also could turn out to be the next flashpoint in efforts to end a “closed-shop” system that makes union membership a condition of employment.
Supporters say the new laws give workers the choice whether to join a union and pay dues. They also argue they encourage corporate investment. Critics say the laws undermine the basic tenet of union collective bargaining, suppress wages and strip workers of leverage to improve pay, benefits and conditions.