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The right-to-work dilemma

Posted: December 15, 2012 at 2:17 a.m.

For all the fury and fistfights outside the Lansing Capitol, what happened in Michigan this week was a simple accommodation to reality. The most famously unionized state, birthplace of the United Auto Workers, royalty of the American working class, became right-to-work. It’s shocking, except that it was inevitable. Indiana went that way earlier this year. The entire Rust Belt will eventually follow because the heyday of the sovereign private sector union is gone. Globalization has made splendid isolation impossible.

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Editorial, Pages 18 on 12/15/2012

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